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    Is "can not" becoming common?

    Hello, teachers.

    I've heard that the word "can not" (not "cannot") is now becoming common.
    Is that so?

    yam
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    #2

    Re: Is "can not" becoming common?

    Not for me. Where did you hear this? Note that you can't call "can not" a word. It is clearly two words. There are, of course, contexts in which "can not" might appear but not as a replacement for "cannot".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Is "can not" becoming common?

    Not in my experience.

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    Re: Is "can not" becoming common?

    Thanks for the reply, emsr2d2.

    A English-Japanese dictionary says; "This usage is limited in conversation. It is also rare and is used for emphasis." I hope you'll understand my translation.
    Actually, one of my Japanese teachers of English said; "Can not" is now becoming more common than before. I was really surprised to hear this. So, I asked you this question.

    You said, "There are, of course, contexts in which 'can not' might appear but not as a replacement for 'cannot.'" Does this mean the case where "can not" is used for a kind of emphasis as the English-Japanese dictionary says?

    yam

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    #5

    Re: Is "can not" becoming common?

    I am not a teacher.

    'Cannot' is the more common way of writing it.

    'Can not', in two words, is the correct way of writing it when 'not' is part of another construction or set phrase.

    See the example here on usage.

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    #6

    Re: Is "can not" becoming common?

    Sometimes, can not can be use to provide emphasis for not.

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    #7

    Re: Is "can not" becoming common?

    Exactly.

    SON: Dad, can I borrow the car?

    DAD: No! You certainly can not.

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    #8

    Re: Is "can not" becoming common?

    However, I wouldn't describe a few specialist uses as as making it common.

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