[erlang-questions] 'cannot' /= 'can not'
Fri Aug 3 11:09:43 CEST 2018
I will try to summarise (and briefly too):
The great language keepers (Oxford, Cambridge, Collins,
Webster) mostly recommend "cannot"; they except cases in
which the "not" belongs to the following phrase. So:
You cannot smoke here.
You must not smoke here!
You need not smoke here,
though this is a smoking club.
You can not smoke here, but
the others will sneer at you.
You can not only M but also Q.
You cannot only say A - without saying B.
Webster gives an example for an emphasis of "not" by
splitting it off, but neglects to mention the resulting
collision. They all give the meaning of "cannot" as
'can not' instead of less confusing 'be not able/possible
So shame on them! (and a little thank-you for the
free-of-cost web service :-)
In the good old time (1997 CE), the subject matter seems to
have caused no question:
For emphasis they simply used "*cannot*".
In ancient times (1987 CE), compelled by metre,
these blokes seem to have felt a need to clarify with a
"no can" at 2:43
In prehistoric times (1922 CE) there was
"to-morrow" (together with "tonight" in one sentence),
and the author seems to have had no problem using:
"he went on to collect"
"he had got on to his camel".
So (valid for any gender):
He who is right today, may tomorrow be
Reasonable is that which cannot be criticised reasonably.
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