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    Hi there,

    How do native speakers say the following question?

    Can I take this hat off?
    (Can I take thi-satof?)


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    Re: assimilation

    (Can I take thi-satof?)
    Yes - if you're drunk and slurring your speech.
    The correct expression would be:
    May I take my hat off?
    or
    "Do you mind if I take my hat off."

    But in your example, the words are pronounced separately, not slurred together; though in moving the mouth around quickly enough to follow the 'a' sound in 'hat' with the 'o' sound in 'off', it might seem as if 'hatoff' is being said.

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    Re: assimilation

    Hi there,

    Actually, the speaker is wearing a birthday hat as a gift by his friends. He speaks with one of his friends in his birthday. It seemed he feels it is too childish to wear such a hat. So it is not impression. I think it is still OK to say:
    Can I take this hat off?
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    Re: assimilation

    See how context helps.
    I had the picture of someone in church!!

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    Re: assimilation

    Hi there,
    Thanks a lot.
    So what does 'can' in 'Can I take the hat off?' suggest?

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