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Re: Cannot

Posted by Henry on May 23, 2003

In Reply to: Re: Cannot posted by ESC on May 23, 2003

: : I've learned a lot on the Internet about the difference between "cannot" and "can not", but it is hard for me to find "authorized" dictionaries, or other "well-known" grammar/usage books which give the details or definitions of the usage, distinction etc. Would you please offer me some links on the web?

: : Thank you.

: The Associated Press Stylebook lists "cannot."

The Guardian newspaper has an on-line style guide. It doesn't have cannot as an entry, but uses it in two other entries, so it appears to support the use of cannot.

stalemate - Do not use to mean deadlock or impasse: a stalemate is the end of the game, and cannot be broken or resolved
impracticable - impossible; it cannot be done