"can't" and "can not"

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Pierce111

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Do questions given below have a different meaning (it seems to me that they should have)?

a) Can you not do it?
b) Can't you do it?
 

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Do questions given below have a different meaning (it seems to me that they should have)?

a) Can you not do it?
b) Can't you do it?

The first one is ambiguous without context.
 

Pierce111

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So the first one can have two menings
1) that I want sombody "not to do smth"
2) exactly the same meaning as b)
Am I right?
 

bhaisahab

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So the first one can have two menings
1) that I want sombody "not to do smth"
2) exactly the same meaning as b)
Am I right?

Yes.
 
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