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    #1

    Smile don't vs can't

    Hi everybody,

    is it a mistake to use don't instead of can't in the sentence: Don't you see anything?

    Thank you!


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    #2

    Re: don't vs can't

    Asolutely not.

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    #3

    Re: don't vs can't

    Hm... And if so, why "can't" is usually used much frequently in cinema?


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    Re: don't vs can't

    Quote Originally Posted by kukinecka View Post
    Hi everybody,

    is it a mistake to use don't instead of can't in the sentence: Don't you see anything?

    Thank you!
    We use CAN as ability,offer,permission, possibility, and for request.
    "Don`t You see Anything" is not a point from above.

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    #5

    Re: don't vs can't

    Don't you see anything?

    Can't you see anything?

    Nothing wrong there

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    #6

    Re: don't vs can't

    Quote Originally Posted by b.a.d. View Post
    Hm... And if so, why is "can't" xxx usually used more frequently in the movies?
    Uh...is this a trick question? It's how they're written.

    [I edit copy and have taught college writing.]

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