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I cannot do it.

I can't do it.

I can not do it.

Is the last sentence which uses "can not" (with a space between can and not) correct? Thank you for you help!
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I cannot do it.

I can't do it.

I can not do it.

Is the last sentence which uses "can not" (with a space between can and not) correct? Thank you for you help!

I don't approve, but it is my understanding that "can not" is not correct.
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PhilipI don't approve, but it is my understanding that "can not" is not correct.
Hi Phillip,

Curious about the "but." It led me to expect the opposite conclusion. Do you mean you disapprove of "can not" being considered incorrect?

Best regards, - A.
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PhilipI don't approve, but it is my understanding that "can not" is not correct.
Hi Phillip,

Curious about the "but." It led me to expect the opposite conclusion. Do you mean you disapprove of "can not" being considered incorrect?

Best regards, - A.
I do not agree that "can not" should be considered incorrect.
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AskOxford: Can 'cannot' also be written as two words 'can not'?
Both cannot and can not are acceptable spellings, but the first is much more usual. You would use can not when the 'not' forms part of another construction ...
www.askoxford.com/asktheexperts/faq/aboutspelling/cannot - 37k - Cached - Similar pages