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    #1

    negative questions

    1. When can I not use red ties?
    2. When can't I use red ties?
    3. When can not I use red ties?
    4. You say.

    Would you please tell me why I can't use the third or another?
    What is the general rule please?

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    #2

    Re: negative questions

    #2 is the most natural.

    *Can not (I)/Do not (I)...? etc. are never grammatical. Only the abbreviated forms (don't/can't, etc.) can be used in this position.

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    #3

    Re: negative questions

    I would go for #1.

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    #4

    Re: negative questions

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would go for #1.
    Yes, it's certainly correct (just a little more emphatic).

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