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    sky3120 is offline Member
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    Default 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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    Default 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.

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    BobK is offline Harmless drudge
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    Default 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 )

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