Common mistake cann't → can't

Common Grammar Mistake: Cann't

One of the most common grammar mistakes that English learners and even native speakers make is using the word "cann't" instead of "can't." While the word "cann't" may seem logical, it is actually incorrect.

Understanding the Mistake

The incorrect spelling "cann't" is a result of adding an extra "n" to the contraction "can't." The correct way to write the contraction of "cannot" is "can't."

Here are a few examples of how the word "can't" should be used:

  • I can't go to the party tonight because I have to work late.
  • She can't believe that her favorite team lost the game.
  • They can't decide which movie to watch at the theater.

Using "Cannot" vs. "Can't"

The word "can't" is a contraction of "cannot." Both words mean the same thing and indicate the inability to do something. However, "can't" is more commonly used in informal speech and writing, while "cannot" is often used in more formal contexts.

Here is an example that shows the difference in usage:

  • I can't believe you said that! (informal)
  • We cannot proceed with the project until we receive approval. (formal)

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cann't → can't mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    They cann't come.

    They can't|cannot come.

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