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  1. Anon
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    Can not vs. cannot

    Which is correct?


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    Re: Can not vs. cannot

    Quote Originally Posted by Anon
    Which is correct?
    Both are correct. "Cannot" is used where the emphasis is upon an inability to do something. "Can not" emphasises an ability to NOT do something.

    For example:

    "I cannot play tennis." - I am unable to play tennis.
    "I can not play tennis." - if I want to make the boss feel good by beating me at tennis.


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    Re: Can not vs. cannot

    Quote Originally Posted by Coffa
    Both are correct. "Cannot" is used where the emphasis is upon an inability to do something. "Can not" emphasises an ability to NOT do something.
    For example:
    "I cannot play tennis." - I am unable to play tennis.
    "I can not play tennis." - if I want to make the boss feel good by beating me at tennis.

    I have been interested in learning English almost for six years and I learned this a few minutes ago. wawww...


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    Re: Can not vs. cannot

    Quote Originally Posted by Coffa
    Both are correct. "Cannot" is used where the emphasis is upon an inability to do something. "Can not" emphasises an ability to NOT do something.
    For example:
    "I cannot play tennis." - I am unable to play tennis.
    "I can not play tennis." - if I want to make the boss feel good by beating me at tennis.
    Are these two sentences true in grammatically? Their writings???

    Many thanks...


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    #5

    Re: Can not vs. cannot

    Quote Originally Posted by lhn
    Are these two sentences true in grammatically? Their writings???
    Many thanks...
    Yes, they are.

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