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.
The first sentence with "can't" is correct, but technically "not" should be closer to "ski". One can't separate the contraction.Originally Posted by Lina
In the second sentence, one must separate "can" from "not": Can Jane not ski well? :wink:
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