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mrscoul
Posted: Sunday, July 18, 2021 7:28:49 PM
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There is an error in your dictionary, even though it is not really your dictionary but cited from Collins English Dictionary, but I am still letting you know:

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/can

The preterite form of "can" is "could" and there is no future tense for "can," yet in the dictionary the preterite form is "canned" and future form is "will can."
thar
Posted: Monday, July 19, 2021 12:50:43 AM

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Are you sure?
I think that might be the verb "to can" - to preserve food by sealing it in a tin.
That is not a modal verb.
To can, cans, canned, canning.


I can't see a mistake with the modal verb 'can'.

mrscoul
Posted: Monday, July 19, 2021 6:30:13 AM
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thar wrote:
Are you sure?
I think that might be the verb "to can" - to preserve food by sealing it in a tin.
That is not a modal verb.
To can, cans, canned, canning.


I can't see a mistake with the modal verb 'can'.



OH!!! You are RIGHT! It is not referring to the modal verb "can," but "to can."

I also think you mean "can," not "can't."


Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, July 19, 2021 6:38:17 AM

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I think thar can't see mistakes in the dictionary definitions of the modal verb "can".
thar
Posted: Monday, July 19, 2021 7:07:51 AM

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Good to point it out though - although it is unlikely that Collins has mistakes, TFD could have a data error.
If someone doesn't point it out when they think they see a mistake, it certainly won't get corrected.

And now you know you can can.
tautophile
Posted: Monday, July 19, 2021 10:25:45 AM
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There's a famous limerick about a very smart fellow whose job was to preserve food in tins, and the conversation he had with his grandmother:

A canner, exceedingly canny.
One evening remarked to his granny,
"A canner can can
Anything he can can,
But a canner can't can a can, can he?"
The One And Only Emily👩🏽‍⚕️
Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2021 12:23:24 PM

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tautophile wrote:
There's a famous limerick about a very smart fellow whose job was to preserve food in tins, and the conversation he had with his grandmother:

A canner, exceedingly canny.
One evening remarked to his granny,
"A canner can can
Anything he can can,
But a canner can't can a can, can he?"


Nice Limerick! Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause
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