Language tip of the week: can

Posted by on May 15, 2014

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc.

This week’s language tip helps with the modal verb can:

The negative form of the verb can is cannot. It is written almost always as one word, not as ‘can not’ (two words):
✗ The quality of the information can not be guaranteed.
✓ The quality of the information cannot be guaranteed.
✗ You can not buy true friends or health.
✓ You cannot buy true friends or health.

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