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    USE OF A TIN OF SOUP/A CAN OF SOUP

    I'm still in the state of confusion how to use the word "tin". Do native speakers of English in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the Comonwealth use this word ( tin) frequently ? Is there any situation where the British English speakers use " can" ( American English )in their written and spoken English ? e.g. a can of soup instead of a tin of soup.

    Do native speakers of American English ( Canadians, Americans) use the word "tin" when they refer to someting like this : " I want to buy a tin of soup instead of saying a can of soup"?

    Can the two words above, "tin" and "can " be used interchangebly ? Which one is more widely and academically acceptable in today's English ?

    Thanks for help.

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    In BE, we can use both, though for drinks we generally use 'can', though in some dialects, like Geordie (spoken in Newcastle), 'tin'is used for drinks, too.

    I hear 'can' more,bit 'tin' is common.

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    Re: USE OF A TIN OF SOUP/A CAN OF SOUP

    Quote Originally Posted by Beginner
    Do native speakers of American English ( Canadians, Americans) use the word "tin" when they refer to someting like this : " I want to buy a tin of soup instead of saying a can of soup"?

    Thanks for help.
    Both 'tin' and 'can' are used. :D

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