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  1. sky3120's Avatar
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    #1

    How can't you do that? VS. How can you not do that?

    How can't you do that? VS. How can you not do that?

    Both are possible and they mean the same?

    Thank you so much as usual.

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    #2

    Re: How can't you do that? VS. How can you not do that?

    First, let's get the question right, sky:

    'Are they both possible and do they mean the same?'

    Only the second is natural.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: How can't you do that? VS. How can you not do that?

    They mean the same. The first is informal (and plain unacceptable in some circles )

    b

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