USE OF A TIN OF SOUP/A CAN OF SOUP

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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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Beginner said:
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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