When I try accept my answer, I see a prompt:

You can accept your own answer in 2 days

Is this miswritten for "you can not accept your own answer in 2 days"?

See also: Why must I wait two days before accepting my own answer?

  • It would have to be ... for 2 days if you use can not. Otherwise you imply that I can only accept my own answer in the first two days... ;) Commented Jan 12, 2019 at 12:19
  • @MEE I'm sorry, maybe "can not" not equal to "cannot"?also I post about this English question in ell
    – illiterate
    Commented Jan 12, 2019 at 14:16
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    @illiterate: "maybe "can not" not equal to "cannot"?" They're the same. The problem is that your version says that, 2 days from now, you cannot accept the answer. Which is incorrect; you can accept it 2 days from now, but not now. Commented Jan 12, 2019 at 15:29

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In English, "in 2 days" means the same as "after 2 days have passed". So the prompt is correct. Your version would work as "You can not accept your own answer within 2 days after posting the question", but that does not tell you how long you have to wait. (You'll see tomorrow that it will say "in 1 day" or even "in x hours".) Therefore, the current version is preferable.

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