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Hi there,

Is there a difference in (or between?) the usage of cannot and can't.
As far as I know, they both have the same meaning, indicating an impossibility.

Vince..
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"can't" is simply the shortened version of cannot, just as I'm is short for I am
And then there is also no difference between cannot and can not?
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Correct - although I think we usually write cannot
Hey, Vince!
No difference between "cannot" and "can't", but *can not is not correct!
The meaning of can't and cannot is the same, but there is a difference between the two. Can't can only be used in an informal way (you cannot use contractions in formal texts), whereas cannot can be used formally and informally.
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