Can not vs. Cannot. What's the difference?

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Can not vs. Cannot. What's the difference?

Post by kai666 » Monday, 24 Feb 2014, 15:40

Can not / Can't or Cannot. What's the difference?

“Cannot” is unequivocal: It means you do not have a choice; something you cannot do is NOT something you “can” or “can not” do.
It means that you are NOT able to do that thing.

You “can” or “can not” take the dog for a walk, depending on your mood.
If you are confined to bed with a broken leg, however, you “cannot” take the dog for a walk, regardless of your mood.

Another example:
I can not eat: I am able not to eat.
I cannot eat: I am not able to eat.

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