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    Use of "Can you not do this?"

    Hi everybody, Can someone explain which one is correct; "Can't you do that" or "Can you not do that". Thanks.

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    Re: Use of "Can you not do this?"

    They're OK.

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    Re: Use of "Can you not do this?"

    Quote Originally Posted by hznaeem View Post
    Hi everybody, Can someone explain which one is correct; "Can't you do that?" or "Can you not do that?". Thanks.
    Both are possible, the second however being both more formal and potentially ambiguous, since, as well as a genuine enquiry about the addressee's ability to perform some task, it could - depending on context - serve as a rather peremptory indirect request to someone to desist from some perhaps irritating activity (i.e. a less polite way of saying 'would you mind not doing that?').

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    Re: Use of "Can you not do this?"

    similarly can we say "Don't you know" Or "Do you not know"?

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    Re: Use of "Can you not do this?"

    Quote Originally Posted by hznaeem View Post
    similarly Can we similarly say: "Don't you know?" or "Do you not know?"?
    Yes

    P.S: I thought just a "yes" could be few, so I tried to fix your post

    Cheers!

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    Re: Use of "Can you not do this?"

    Similarly, can we say "Don't you know" Or "Do you not know"?

    Both are fine.

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    Re: Use of "Can you not do this?"

    Quote Originally Posted by hznaeem View Post
    Hi everybody, Can someone explain which one is correct; "Can't you do that" or "Can you not do that". Thanks.
    Both are correct, as already explained and commented by the members above.
    This possibility was new to me. See this recent similar thread:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...did-not-i.html

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    Question Re: Use of "Can you not do this?"

    So if we can use either of them, I think the same would be the case with "should you not do that?" or "shouldn't you do that?"

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    Re: Use of "Can you not do this?"

    Quote Originally Posted by hznaeem View Post
    So if we can use either of them, I think the same would be the case with "should you not do that?" or "shouldn't you do that?"
    Yes, that's right. Except in this case "should you not do that" can have another meaning. For example: "Should you not do that, the consequences could be unpleasant" here "should is conditional.

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