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July 21st, 2017, 8:00 am

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July 21st, 2017, 6:35 pm


Ok, non native here, what's the point of don't vs. do not / can't vs. cannot she's asking about? From what I was taught the form without contraction means giving an emphasis on or meaning it strongly.


July 28th, 2017, 7:37 am


@EnterTheNameHere: It's really a matter of preference. Both are correct in most cases and the longer terms are more accepted in literacy and as you say, can be used for more emphasis, but the contraction can't be used at the end of a sentence (with the exception of n't since terms like "No I won't" are still correct). An example would be "I don't know why, but it is" vs "I don't know why, but it's" which is incorrect English because we use a dumb and complicated language with more exceptions to rules than actual rules.


July 29th, 2017, 6:18 pm


@mandalorianjedi: "because we use a dumb and complicated language with more exceptions to rules than actual rules."

That's so true! q-:

Anyway as I person who tried to learn German, French, English and Czech languages (and who has learning difficulties), it's much easier for me to form my sentences in English than in German or French - I think English do forgive more than languages where you have to think about grammatical cases, pronouns, prepositions and correct declension (ie. Czech use 7 cases, 3 voices (with gender) singular and plural, I'm really lucky it's my mother tongue so I do it all unconsciously).

I'm biased, but I love English...


August 2nd, 2017, 3:21 am


Lucky fellow, many learning disabilities are overlooked when you're a polyglot.

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