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    eurekateam is offline Junior Member
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    Default Why "cannot" and not "can not"

    why "cannot" is written joined, as normally the other similar forms are written separate?

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    Default Re: Why "cannot" and not "can not"

    Force of habit.

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    Default Re: Why "cannot" and not "can not"

    I once saw "cann't" in a 5-start hotel in Japan. Accident of habit.

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    Default Re: Why "cannot" and not "can not"

    I believe the rules for English are very different in Japan. Across the road from my house, I can see the 'Restraunt del Corner', which is about twenty metres from the corner.

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    5-start? Sounds more like a garage.

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    Default Re: Why "cannot" and not "can not"

    LOL!

    How are you, Red?

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    Default Re: Why "cannot" and not "can not"

    Did I get it?! These are pretty good answers! One thing did not I understand, why "cannot" and not "can not?".

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    Did I get it?! These are pretty good answers! One thing did not I understand, why "cannot" and not "can not?".
    One thing I did/do not understand is....

    Why can't you say "can not" and "can not"? Both are two-syllabled and sound the same. You can write both too.

    I can go. --> Can you go?
    I can't go. --> Can't you go?
    I can not go. --> Can you not go?
    I cannot go. --> Cannot you go?

    No, I can't.
    No, I can not.
    No, I cannot.

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    Default Re: Why "cannot" and not "can not"

    Quote Originally Posted by eurekateam
    Did I get it?! These are pretty good answers! One thing did not I understand, why "cannot" and not "can not?".
    I don't honestly think there's an answer. The real reason is that native speakers are taught not to do it, so they don't. Why the langauge has developed this way, I couldn't tell you. It's just a quirk of the language.

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    Default Re: Why "cannot" and not "can not"

    A kooky could tell.

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