Try not to extend the “a” sound


Senior Member
Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect

A friend of mine always pronounces “cat” as “can’t”, I noticed that he elongated the “a” sound and unintentionally added an “n” sound.

I suggest that:

Try not to extend the “a” sound.

Is it idiomatic to say this?
  • Forero

    Senior Member
    In most AmE, cat and can't have the same vowel, which can have long or short duration, and in some environments can't can even be shorter than cat. The presence or absence of that n sound, then, is the only reliable difference between the two words.