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    how to distinguish can and can't?

    They're so alike that I'm often misunderstand them
    The same happens to were and weren't. For example: somebody says" It wasn't me" I often interpret as "it was me"

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    Re: how to distinguish can and can't?

    Hi belly_ttt

    Speakers often do not release the [t] in wasn't and weren't but they do pronounce the [n], so stop focusing on listening for [t] and start listening for [n].

    Practice saying these
    It wasn-me
    It was-me

    They weren-here
    They were-here




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    Re: how to distinguish can and can't?

    How about can and can't?

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    Re: how to distinguish can and can't?

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    How about can and can't?
    The t is emphasized in can't, and you should hear it clearly.

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    Re: how to distinguish can and can't?

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    How about can and can't?
    I can do it. ([aen] is lengthened)
    I can't do it. ([aen] is shortened, and [t] isn't always audible)



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