Do You Know The Difference Between Cannot, Can Not Or Can’t?

Assignment writing services are only good and relevant if the services they offer their clients are absolutely incomparable. In this case however, there are a number of errors, quite honestly, the tiniest of flaws that can mar some of the best writing samples out there.

Assignment writing service do not consider the use of language and what it can mean in the context of writing. To understand this point better, one may consider the use of cannot, can not and can’t. To all events and purposes, the meaning, as well as the usage of these three words and phrases is the same; it simply defines a person’s inability to do some act or activity that they are asked or expected to do. Yet, do all three of these words, cannot, can not and can’t mean the same thing? Most people who are asked this question will answer with a ‘No!’. Not so the teachers, and those who are actually experts at the English Language. They are aware, as should the students who are planning on hiring assignment writing service to help out with their academic workload, that there is a distinctive difference between these three words. Here are some simple tips on how to differentiate between these three and their usage in English Language writings.

For starters, can’t is a very informal use of language and should therefore be restricted to only those writing pieces which are likewise very informal in tone and nature. Hence, in a letter to a friend, it is okay to use can’t. It becomes out of place in an academic document, or in a formal application or even in the workplace where you are communicating with someone else at a more official level.

Linguists also argue that ‘can’t’ is a better term to use after a wh-word (interrogative words such as why, what and when)

Cannot is a very formal use of the term and should therefore be placed in academic and all other official forms of writing. Some linguists also argue that cannot helps put a greater degree of emphasis on an individual’s ability to carry out a certain task.

Can not when separated out in this way, is a more archaic form of the word cannot and usually not acceptable in colloquial tongue. However, some linguists argue that it is a more formal way of writing and it helps put an even greater emphasis on an individual’s ability to do a task.

Here are three examples to help students understand this difference even better!

  • Why can’t I sit here? Informal/ everyday usage
  • Why cannot I sit here? Formal/ not used in colloquial language/ better if used in academic or other styles of formal writing.
  • Why can not I sit here? Very formal, archaic style of writing, and is no longer acceptable on most updated software used in writing.
  • Why can I not sit here? A more acceptable way of using the term.

British Assignments Help, however understands that it is not easy for students to grasp all the concepts. Hence, we offer our professional services to make your assignments flawless. Happy Writing!


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