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Interesting!

The complete sentence would be:

"¢ We were playing IN ORDER NOT TO MAKE mistakes, instead of (playing) IN ORDER TO WIN.

The infinitive "to win" in the second part is clearer when you realize it means "in order to."

"Playing" is an example of ellipsis in the second phrase.


"¢ We were playing(in order) NOT TO MAKE mistakes, instead of (playing in order)TO WIN.
"¢ We were playing NOT TO MAKE mistakes, instead of (playing) TO WIN.

Rachel
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