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  1. Anonymous
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    negative question

    Hello

    I'd like to ask about negative question using "can."

    #1 Can't Jane ski well?
    #2 Cannot Jane ski well?

    I think you usually use #1, but do you use "cannot" like #2? I wonder if you use "cannot" at the beginning of a sentence.

    Thank you.
    Lina

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    Re: negative question

    Quote Originally Posted by Lina
    Hello

    I'd like to ask about negative question using "can."

    #1 Can't Jane ski well?
    #2 Cannot Jane ski well?

    I think you usually use #1, but do you use "cannot" like #2? I wonder if you use "cannot" at the beginning of a sentence.

    Thank you.
    Lina
    The first sentence with "can't" is correct, but technically "not" should be closer to "ski". One can't separate the contraction.

    In the second sentence, one must separate "can" from "not": Can Jane not ski well? :wink:

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