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    can not

    a. You can not do it tomorrow and do it on Thursday instead.
    b. You may not do it tomorrow and do it on Thursday instead.


    Could one use these sentences instead of
    You don't have to do it tomorrow. You can/may do it on Tuesday instead.
    ?

    My feeling is that the not would have to be emphasized in speech for those sentences to have that meaning.


    Many thanks.

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    Re: can not

    I agree. People sometimes use that construction in speech, strongly emphasizing not. In writing, not would be italicized.
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