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    #1

    can not VS cannot

    what is the difference between "can not" and "connot" when I can use both of them ?

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    #2

    Re: can not VS cannot

    I would only use "cannot."

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    #3

    Re: can not VS cannot

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady of snow View Post
    What is the difference between "can not" and "cannot" when I can use both of them?
    Note my corrections in red. It is possible to use the combination of "can" and "not" as two separate words. Most of the time, "cannot" will be correct.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: can not VS cannot

    Lady of snow, type your excellent thread title in the Google Custom S(earch) box near the top of the page. You will find links to previous answers to your question.

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    #5

    Re: can not VS cannot

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady of snow View Post
    what is the difference between "can not" and "connot" when I can use both of them ?
    Practically speaking, "cannot" is always a safe choice. In certain contexts, one can write "can not" when one wants to emphasize the "not". In spoken English we do that with increased stress on "not".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 29-Dec-2013 at 11:36. Reason: Typo

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    #6

    Re: can not VS cannot

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Practically speaking, "cannot" is always a safe choice. In certain contexts, one can write "can not" when one wants emphasize the "not". In spoken English we do that with increased stress on "not".
    Why did not you, Mike, use the full infinitive after the verb want- want to emphasize, please?


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    #7

    Re: can not VS cannot

    the same question.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #8

    Re: can not VS cannot

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Why did not you, Mike, use the full infinitive after the verb want- want to emphasize, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    the same question.
    As Mike is probably asleep, I have taken the liberty of correcting his typo. I have added "to".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: can not VS cannot

    I apologize for my typing error and I appreciate emsr's correction.

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    #10

    Re: can not VS cannot

    Is it fault-finding to look for typos which are beside the point?

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