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    Default Contaction of can't: cannot or can not?Which is correct?Thx

    1.With contaction of can't, which is correct?
    cannot or can not?

    2.PLUS, if I want to make polite response as to:

    I am sorry. I cannot. OR

    I am sorry I cannot.

    3. One last Q: Is it correct to write:

    I would rather like tomato soup than onion soup.

    Many thanks for helping again, teachers! ^o^

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    Default Re: Contaction of can't: cannot or can not?Which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helped Wanted
    1.With contaction of can't, which is correct?
    cannot or can not?
    I think you can use either, but some would say that cannot is preferred.

    Quote Originally Posted by Helped Wanted
    2.PLUS, if I want to make polite response as to:

    I am sorry. I cannot. OR

    I am sorry I cannot.
    Prefer the first one. The second one does not mean the same thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Helped Wanted
    3. One last Q: Is it correct to write:

    I would rather like tomato soup than onion soup.
    No, it is not. Try:
    • I would rather have tomato soup than onion soup.


    :)

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    Many, many thanks for advising again, teacher Ronbee! ^o^

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    You're welcome, as always.

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    Default Re: Contaction of can't: cannot or can not?Which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helped Wanted
    1.With contaction of can't, which is correct?
    cannot or can not?

    2.PLUS, if I want to make polite response as to:

    I am sorry. I cannot. OR

    I am sorry I cannot.

    3. One last Q: Is it correct to write:

    I would rather like tomato soup than onion soup.

    Many thanks for helping again, teachers! ^o^
    In my opinion, "cannot" is preferred over "can not" in most cases. :wink:

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    It's a curious thing. I wasn't sure which was whether I wrote "cannot" or "can not" until these threads about the subject got me thinking about it. Then I "observed" myself writing "cannot". Interesting, huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    It's a curious thing. I wasn't sure which was whether I wrote "cannot" or "can not" until these threads about the subject got me thinking about it. Then I "observed" myself writing "cannot". Interesting, huh?

    :)
    Habits can be powerful things. :o

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