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    Can't or cannot

    Hello teachers,

    Just an easy question for you. Would you be kind to tell me the difference between these two words 'can't' and 'cannot'.

    I often mix them but I do not really know what oppose these two negative forms of the modal can.

    Example:

    Do you say? I can't go... or I cannot go...

    Thank for you replies (please show me the grammar rule of the use of these negation).

    See you soon.



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    Re: Can't or cannot

    Using "cannot" is formal like using "ne." Most people use can't, like most people drop "ne."

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    Smile Re: Can't or cannot

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Using "cannot" is formal like using "ne." Most people use can't, like most people drop "ne."
    Hi Canada,

    If I understand well your explanation, I can use both of the two negative forms of the modal can.

    But when I use 'cannot' it is when I talk with the President, and for normal persons I use can't.

    Am I right?

    Thank.

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    Re: Can't or cannot

    Oui, mademoiselle.

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    Smile Re: Can't or cannot

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Oui, mademoiselle.
    You are very fast guy. I am a man. Not a 'mademoiselle' (it's for single girl).

    Thank or Thanks?

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    #6

    Re: Can't or cannot

    Thanks, monsieur.

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    Re: Can't or cannot

    Thanks.


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    Re: Can't or cannot

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Hello teachers,

    Just an easy question for you. Would you be kind to tell me the difference between these two words 'can't' and 'cannot'.

    I often mix them but I do not really know what oppose these two negative forms of the modal can.

    Example:

    Do you say? I can't go... or I cannot go...

    Thank for you replies (please show me the grammar rule of the use of these negation).

    See you soon.


    Hi!

    "Cannot" and "can't" are both the same in meaning. "Cannot" is quite simply a more formal way of speaking or writing. They both imply that one is unable to do something - either because of a physical barrier or because permission was not granted.

    Good luck!

    Norman

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    Re: Can't or cannot

    Hi Nsimon,

    It's very clear for me now.

    Thanks for your reply. Have a nice day.

    The French.

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