Contaction of can't: cannot or can not?Which is correct?Thx

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1.With contaction of can't, which is correct?
cannot or can not?

2.PLUS, if I want to make polite response as to:

I am sorry. I cannot. OR

I am sorry I cannot.

3. One last Q: Is it correct to write:

I would rather like tomato soup than onion soup.

Many thanks for helping again, teachers! ^o^
 

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Re: Contaction of can't: cannot or can not?Which is correct?

Helped Wanted said:
1.With contaction of can't, which is correct?
cannot or can not?

I think you can use either, but some would say that cannot is preferred.

Helped Wanted said:
2.PLUS, if I want to make polite response as to:

I am sorry. I cannot. OR

I am sorry I cannot.

Prefer the first one. The second one does not mean the same thing.

Helped Wanted said:
3. One last Q: Is it correct to write:

I would rather like tomato soup than onion soup.

No, it is not. Try:
  • I would rather have tomato soup than onion soup.

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Many, many thanks for advising again, teacher Ronbee! ^o^
 

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You're welcome, as always.

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Re: Contaction of can't: cannot or can not?Which is correct?

Helped Wanted said:
1.With contaction of can't, which is correct?
cannot or can not?

2.PLUS, if I want to make polite response as to:

I am sorry. I cannot. OR

I am sorry I cannot.

3. One last Q: Is it correct to write:

I would rather like tomato soup than onion soup.

Many thanks for helping again, teachers! ^o^

In my opinion, "cannot" is preferred over "can not" in most cases. :wink:
 

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It's a curious thing. I wasn't sure which was whether I wrote "cannot" or "can not" until these threads about the subject got me thinking about it. Then I "observed" myself writing "cannot". Interesting, huh?

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RonBee said:
It's a curious thing. I wasn't sure which was whether I wrote "cannot" or "can not" until these threads about the subject got me thinking about it. Then I "observed" myself writing "cannot". Interesting, huh?

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Habits can be powerful things. :eek:
 
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