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1. He may not be rich.
2. He can not be rich.

(Are both the same or different? If they are different, why is that?)

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    they are different because may gives a chance of it being a probability and writting can not is a statement and can not is more impulsive to say.

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    Brenda is right. Those sentences are not exactly alike.

    "may" means there's a possibility of the statement's being true.

    "can" means he is able to do or be something.

    These sentences have "not" in them, of course, making them negative.

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