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    Cannot or Can Not?

    Can he speak Hebrew? No, he cannot/can not.

    In the above istuation, I think can not is better than cannot. Do native speakers agree?
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    Re: Cannot or Can Not?

    Type your thread title in the Google Custom S(earch) box near the top of the page. You will find many links to previous answers to your question.

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    Re: Cannot or Can Not?

    The stress of cannot is on the first syllable, but the stress of can not is on NOT. Is that right?
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    Re: Cannot or Can Not?

    You'll hear the stress placed on either syllable of 'cannot' by different people. It's usually placed on 'not' in 'can not'.

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    Re: Cannot or Can Not?

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Can he speak Hebrew? No, he cannot/can not.

    In the above istuation, I think can not is better than cannot. Do native speakers agree?
    Obviously, there is no detectable difference in speech except where the emphasis is placed. In writing, "cannot" is used in the large majority of cases. "Can not" is usually used only when there is needed emphasis on "not".

    I already told you. You can not go to the mall tonight.

    See more here: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/cannot-or-can-not/

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