Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cannot vs can not

I undeliberately found out that "cannot" is different from "can not", though I thought they were the same. There's a slight difference between "cannot" and "can not".

The difference is that, "cannot" is used to show that it's impossible to do the thing specified in the sentence. While, "can not" means, the thing specified is still possible.
I cannot bring the moon down for you. (It is indeed impossible)
I can not attend the meeting tomorrow. (There's still a possibility it can be done)

I first got it from AlexFiles, then I tried searching it, and found the same idea ^^


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