Pronouncing 'Can' & 'Can't'

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Dear frriends,
How canI pronounce "can" and "can't" ? Some teachers say "can't" with /t/ at the end. But when I listen to TV or film, I have never heard the sound /t/ of can't.
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Hi,
it's a little complicated, but I'll try to give you a general idea.
they are pronounced differently when they are in a sentence:
CAN = /kən/
CAN'T = /kænt/ (US English), /kɑnt/ (UK English)


In American English, the T in CAN'T is left out when in the middle of a sentence:
I can't open it = /aɪ kæn oʊpɪn ɪt/ (US)

I don't think it is left out in the same cases in British English too, but you won't hear it in cases like the following, where it is followed by some consonants (plosive):
I can't do it = /aɪ kɑn du ɪt/ (UK) You won't hear the T, as it would be impossible to pronounce.

So, yes, you are not going to hear that T in a lot of different accents and situations. Emotion: smile
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If two plosives appear consecutively ( in this case /t/ and /d/), the first plosive is not released with the normal 'explosion'. This may cause the notion that the /t/ is not there.
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Hey! That's a little tricky.

You can say CAN AS /kæn/ and kɛn as weakened, but you can pronounce the negative the same way in fast speech. all depends on the context. That's the reason you sometimes hear "I can't do it the same way as I can do it on TV"
It happens mostly in american english accent. However, pay attention to those who speak english carefully and pronounce the /t/ sound as a glottal stop.

Here's a tip. In american english accent, the final /t/ is sometimes a glottal stop. how to produce a glottal stop? that's a sound made by closing you vocal cords fully. try to make the sound "ah ah" when negating something. The sound is very simple and ease the speaking fast. In careful speech (or slow speech) the /t/ sound is always pronounced.

I can (glottal stop) do it. (you're negating something)

CAN'T is pronounced in several forms. Kooyeen provided some examples.

Hope I helped. check out on youtube the JenniferESL's videos. She explained it very well.
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AnonymousDear frriends,
How canI pronounce "can" and "can't" ? Some teachers say "can't" with /t/ at the end. But when I listen to TV or film, I have never heard the sound /t/ of can't.

Americans hear more of a difference in the stress pattern and vowel quality than in the presence or absence of the final t.

The affirmative tends to be unstressed and pronounced as a schwa, a lax i, or lax e. I kin do it.
The negative tends to be stressed and pronounced with a lax a and an unreleased t. I kan(t) do it.

CJ
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