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  1. Ma. Lourdes
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    Smile cannot and can not

    Good Morning!

    I need an help in the proper usage of cannot and can not.

    Thanks

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    Smile Re: cannot and can not

    no much difference between them, i think.

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    Re: cannot and can not

    Can-not is written as one word.

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    Re: cannot and can not

    What I was taught, "cannot" is the right word. "Can not" was ever considered a mistake in our tests.

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    Re: cannot and can not

    Dear Guest,
    can't, can not, cannot are all correct. Can't and can not are more common in spoken English and cannot is more common in formal writing. Normally, we use contractions when 'not' is not stressed and accordingly, in North American English, we stress the not in cannot and can not. However, many British tend to schwa the 'not' in 'cannot'.
    Last edited by bds51; 12-Apr-2010 at 11:23.

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    Re: cannot and can not

    It is not just being formal or Br E, you cannot write 'can not'. Obviously there is no difference when you say it.

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