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    cannot dance

    What is the difference between "cannot" and "can't"? I think "cannot" is more emphasizing than "can't" as it is more loosened.

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    ex)I can dance very well, but she cannot(can't) dance very well.

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    #2

    Re: cannot dance

    See these similar threads, which I found by putting can not/cannot in the Google Custom Search box at the top of the page.

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    #3

    Re: cannot dance

    You wouldn't use can't in a formal text.

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    #4

    Re: cannot dance

    I didn't mean cannot/can not, which are about "inability vs refraining", but cannot/can't, and as you said "can't" is informal while "cannot" is formal, but the two mean the same thing of "inability". If I am wrong, please let me know.

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    #5

    Re: cannot dance

    Can't is simply the contracted form of cannot. They both mean exactly the same thing. As Tdol said, you would not use can't in a formal text.

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    #6

    Re: cannot dance

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I think "cannot" is more emphasizing than "can't" as it is more loosened.
    I don't think this is greatly the case- you can't use can't in some contexts, but where there is a choice, there isn't much difference.
    Last edited by Tdol; 13-Aug-2012 at 14:11. Reason: Mistake

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    #7

    Re: cannot dance

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    you can't use cannot in some contexts,
    Really? Could you please throw some light on that.

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    Re: cannot dance

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Really? Could you please throw some light on that.
    Typing error.

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