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    Hello,
    my name is jan jonk, and I teach English at a comprehensive school in Holland. The level is intermediate to advanced. I have two questions to put to you concerning formal writing.

    1. Is it permitted to write CAN + NOT as two separate words? I know it was not possible some years ago, but I have the feeling that the English language has moved on since then.

    2. We are also having a dispute about the division of paragraphs in formal letters. Skipping a line has always been permitted, but what about indentation; is that on the way out?

    Yours,
    Jan Jonk

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    Default Re: formal writing

    1) Yes, absolutely. Cannot is more common but depending on context and/or just personal preference both are acceptable.

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    Default Re: formal writing

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    2. We are also having a dispute about the division of paragraphs in formal letters. Skipping a line has always been permitted, but what about indentation; is that on the way out?
    You can choose which to follow: one line space between paragraphs and no indent, or indent and no space between paras. There is no absolute rule.

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