can't vs cant


In all my years I never heard of can't without an apostrophie. The site suggests 'cant' for the following sentence.

Knowing it took me a few tries before I did it, John said, "I can't."

So is it cant or can't?

See example:

Knowing it took Jeff a few tries before he ever pretty much did it John said, "I can't."
asked Feb 10 '13 at 23:01 bill glover New member

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You are right. It must be a programming error. We aren't employees here. If you contact support, I bet the will appreciate knowing. There is a link for support at the bottom of the page.

link answered Feb 10 '13 at 23:11 Patty T Grammarly Fellow


bill gloverFeb 10 '13 at 23:28

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You want can't in your sentence. It's a contraction of cannot.

There is a word 'cant'. The inner portion of a saw log that is too small to do anything with other than pressure treat it and use it for a fence post is a cant. 'Cant' also means a deviation from vertical or horizontal.

link answered Feb 10 '13 at 23:14 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow


bill gloverFeb 10 '13 at 23:24

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