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    Cannot vs Can not?

    Hi All,

    Any difference between "cannot" and "can not"?


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    Re: Cannot vs Can not?

    We very rarely use "can" followed by "not" as a separate word. You might hear something like "You can go or you can not go. It's your choice" but "can" + "not go" is different from "cannot" + "go".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Cannot vs Can not?

    Click HERE to read earlier threads on the same subject.

    I found this page by putting your excellent thread title into the Google custom search box at the very top of the page.

    Rover

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    #4

    Re: Cannot vs Can not?

    Quote Originally Posted by EngFan View Post
    Hi All,

    Any difference between "cannot" and "can not"?


    Regards,

    EngFan
    I suspect what triggered this question was a recent thread in this forum, based on a quotation from Emma, which used the words 'can not'. Today they're normally agglutinated, as others have said. As Ems showed, the two parts of the word can sometimes be separated to mark a contrast.

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    #5

    Re: Cannot vs Can not?

    NOT A TEACHER

    He cannot speak Chinese.

    He can not only speak Chinese but he can also write it!

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    #6

    Re: Cannot vs Can not?

    And hey, I learned a new word today: agglutinated
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Cannot vs Can not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    And hey, I learned a new word today: agglutinated
    I simply can't understand how you managed without it. I can't begin my day without caffeine, nicotine and agglutination.

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    Re: Cannot vs Can not?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I simply can't understand how you managed without it. I can't begin my day without caffeine, nicotine and agglutination.
    A new colleague once asked me 'What's wrong - swallowed a dictionary, have you?' (I have to admit to being lexicophagous sometimes. ) Note: that's not a real word, Barb!

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    #9

    Re: Cannot vs Can not?

    Better a lexicophagous than a lexicosaurus. Unless you like basking in the sun.

    And do people with Celiac's have to stay away from agglutinated words?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #10

    Re: Cannot vs Can not?

    It's a little known fact that 87.5% of gluts are not sticky.

    The logical deduction is, therefore, that a glut in eight is sticky.


    My hat's on.
    Last edited by 5jj; 19-Jul-2012 at 16:21. Reason: typo

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