Proofreading Service - Pain in the English
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Proofreading Service - Pain in the English
Proofreading Service - Pain in the English

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24-Hour Proofreading Service—We proofread your Google Docs or Microsoft Word files. We hate grammatical errors with passion. Learn More

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October 13, 2011

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cannot vs. can not

  • October 13, 2011, 2:08pm

The OED says of cannot: "the ordinary modern way of writing can not". Fowler agrees. No one (not noone, the opposite of someone) says when it entered the language.

Personally, I think it looks ugly. I prefer can not (no modern person, I!)

By the way, Fowler claims cannot is pronounced can't.