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  • Sometimes, Americans pronounce can't without  the T so it sounds like can, like this:  

  • People can't even believe it. People can't even  believe it. Can even-- can't even-- How are you  

  • supposed to tell the difference between  can't and can if there's no T? You will  

  • absolutely know the difference between these  two words and all their pronunciations by the  

  • end of this video, I promise. And you know whatThere's even going to be a quiz and I'm pretty  

  • sure you're going to ace it. You're going to  be able to use these two words confidently  

  • and correctly for effective communication in  English. Don't forget, if you like this video,  

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  • A couple of weeks ago, we went overapostrophe T contractions, and we talked  

  • about all the different pronunciationsCan't is an N apostrophe T contraction,  

  • so all those pronunciations apply. The way you  probably learned to pronounce this word is: can't,  

  • can't, with the full true T pronunciation, tt--  but if you study conversational English, you'll  

  • find that's not a very common pronunciation. I  just listened to the first 20 examples on Youglish  

  • and only two of them had the true T pronunciationSo the pronunciation you learned is only true  

  • when you put the word in a sentence about ten  percent of the time. What are we going to do  

  • the rest of the time if not a true T? The  most common is the stop T. Can't think, can't  

  • think. There I exaggerated the stop, but  in regular conversation, there will just  

  • be a quick lift so that we feel the T sound. I  can't think, I can't think, I can't think. The  

  • T is a stop consonant, so by stopping the airour American ears identify that stop as the T  

  • sound even though there is no T sound. Let's look  at this phrase together. So here's the phrase,  

  • let's take a look at it and play it: I can't  think. Do you see this big gap here? This is  

  • after the word can't and before the word thinkThis is the stop, the stop T. Let's listen again:  

  • I can't think. So what is that sound at the end of  the word? Here's just the word can't slowed down.  

  • Can't-- can't--nnnnttt-- can't--  nnnnttt-- it's that nasally N sound,  

  • but stopped. It's not can nnn-- with it  falling down in pitch it's can't nnnnttt--  

  • can'tI can't think. Stop T. Let's go to Youglish  where we're going to see a bunch of examples  

  • with this stop T. We, as you mentioned, uh, 20  million Americans would like a full-time job and  

  • and can't get one. Can't get-- can't get-- stop  T. We, as you mentioned, uh, 20 million Americans  

  • would like a full-time job and and can't get  one. And you can't do both, like you can't be,  

  • you can't campaign against lung cancer and smoke  cigarettes, and you can't be an environmentalist  

  • and eat meat. Wow, there were so  many stop Ts there with can't.  

  • Can't, can't, can't, we'll play  all of those two-word links now.  

  • You can't go back to sleep. Can't go-- can't  go-- Stop T. Sometimes, as you heard at the  

  • very beginning, we drop the T in can't. This  is more common when the next word begins with  

  • a vowel or diphthong, like in 'can't even'. So in  these cases, there's no break and sound, no stop,  

  • the T is completely dropped. I can't even  tell. Can't even. Smoothly connected.  

  • Let's take a look at that example.   

  • And now we'll  go to Youglish to look for several other examples where the T is completely dropped.

  • Dropped T in  can't.

  • Can't always-- can't always-- dropped T.  

  • They can't be transferred--  can't be-- can't be-- No T.

  • Can't  often-- can't often-- No T.  

  • Can't even-- can't even-- No T.  

  • And finally, we have a case where the T can  be turned into a CH and this happens when  

  • the next word is you or your. Can't you, can't  you, can't you see? Ch. Ch. Ch. Can't you see?  

  • You don't have to do this CH, a stop T will also  work in this situation and you will hear that,  

  • but this CH pronunciation is certainly something  you'll hear a lot of when the next word is you or your

  • So these are all the different ways can't  can be pronounced. What about can? After all  

  • one of the pronunciations of can't was can withdropped T. So can has two pronunciations. First of  

  • all, it can be a noun like a can of tomatoes, and  there, it's pronounced can, with the full vowel.  

  • But as a verb, it's usually reduced. It's usually  a helping verb, this means it's not the main verb  

  • in the sentence. Back when we said: I can't  think, 'think' was the main verb if we instead  

  • say 'can' in that sentence, the word becomes  can: I can think. I can think. Can can can can.  

  • Said so quickly, the 'can' reduction. I can  think. I can see you. I can be there by three.  

  • Now, it actually sounds nothing like 'can',  which is the pronunciation of can't when the  

  • T is dropped like in the phrase 'can't eventhat's can, this is: can can-- it's said very  

  • quickly. Let's listen to a bunch of samples  of the 'can' reduction.

  • Every once in a while,   we won't reduce can as a helping verb if we want  to stress it.

  • Usually this will happen when we're  

  • contradicting someone who's just used can't.  For example, you can't go there after seven.  

  • No, you can go there after seven. Can. But if it  was just a normal statement, one where we're not  

  • contradicting, we would just say: you can go there  after seven, can-- with the can reduction. Can--  

  • let's take the phrases 'can't go' and 'can  go' and put all the pronunciations together.  

  • Can't go, true T, a not a common pronunciationCan't go. Stop T, very common pronunciation.  

  • Can go. Dropped T, more common when followed by  a vowel, but still possible with a consonant.  

  • You can go there, for example. And the CH  pronunciation which works only before you or your,  

  • can't you. Can go, with the can reduction. Can  go, really stressing can. So this pronunciation  

  • is just like this pronunciation. But rememberhere, you'll always be contradicting or adding  

  • extra clarity so it likely won't be confusingCan't go, can't go, can go, can't you, can go,  

  • can go. Now let's do a quiz. Since you know  for can, that you're probably looking for  

  • reduction, can, if you don't hear a reductionthen there's a really good chance that it's can't,  

  • you should ace this quiz.

  • Was that can or can't? 

  • That was can reducedcan, can treat.

  • Was that can or can't?

  • That was can't with a stop T. Can't see.

  • Was that  can or can't?

  • That was can because we heard the 

  • reduction can. I can assure you-- can

  • Can or can't?

  • Can't believe-- can't with a stop T.  

  • Was that can or can't? That was can't with theturning into a CH followed by you. Can't you.

  • Can  or can't? That was the can reduction: can--  

  • Can or can't? That was can't with a dropped  T. Can ever-- linking into the next word.  

  • Can or can't? This one was easy, wasn't  it? He fully pronounced that T. Can't.

  • Was that can or can't? That was the can  reduction. Can-- can try.

  • Was that can or can't?  

  • That was can't with a stop T.  Can't, can't, can't remember

  • Now I'm going to have you practice all  the phrases we've learned so far.  

  • You'll see on screen what kind of pronunciation  it is. First, you'll hear the sentence,  

  • then just the word can or can't, with the next  word slower three times, repeat the third time.  

  • Then you'll hear the whole phrase again twicerepeat the second time with the video. You really  

  • should be doing this out loud. Learning about  it isn't enough to improve your speaking skills.  

  • You have to actually practice speaking. So  let's do this.

  • Now you could go teach someone  exactly how to say can and can't and how to understand them in a sentence.  

  • That's awesome! Thank you so much for sticking  with me. Be sure to check out this video next.  

  • Also check out my online courses at Rachel's  English Academy, you'll become a more confident  

  • English speaker. I make new videos every Tuesdaybe sure to come back next week to watch more,  

  • I love being your English teacher. That's it  and thanks so much for using Rachel's English.

Sometimes, Americans pronounce can't without  the T so it sounds like can, like this:  

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