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    "can't" and "can not"

    Do questions given below have a different meaning (it seems to me that they should have)?

    a) Can you not do it?
    b) Can't you do it?

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    Re: "can't" and "can not"

    Quote Originally Posted by Pierce111 View Post
    Do questions given below have a different meaning (it seems to me that they should have)?

    a) Can you not do it?
    b) Can't you do it?
    The first one is ambiguous without context.

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    Re: "can't" and "can not"

    So the first one can have two menings
    1) that I want sombody "not to do smth"
    2) exactly the same meaning as b)
    Am I right?

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    Re: "can't" and "can not"

    Quote Originally Posted by Pierce111 View Post
    So the first one can have two menings
    1) that I want sombody "not to do smth"
    2) exactly the same meaning as b)
    Am I right?
    Yes.

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