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    Hey...Tell me...Can you carry this table or not / or can't ?

    Could you please tell me which one is more natural to you?

    Thanks...

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    Can you carry this table or not?
    OR
    Can you carry this table or can't you?

    "Can you carry this table or can't?" is not correct.

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    Can you carry this table or not?
    Can you carry this table or can't you?
    Can you carry this table or can you not?
    (formal).

    The first is probably the one I'd use, but the second is OK; it perhaps implies impatience.

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    Default Re: conjunctions

    aysaa, you didn't ask this, but I'm going to add it anyway. It sounds a bit rude. "You said you could carry the table by yourself and rejected my offer of assistance. I see you struggling with it. So tell me, you idiot, can you carry it or not?"

    If you are making a genuine inquiry about the person's ability, you may want something more like "Do you think you can carry this table by yourself?"
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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