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  1. Chuck,  Your wisdom is enlightening!                                                                                                               –Mike

  2. You always write the syllable "can" as "kan", unless it is followed by "t" or "d".  In those two cases, we write it as "k" to avoid the "nt" or "nd" blend.   The other case in which you write "can" as "k" is with any derivative of the modifier "can", since it is a brief form: cannot (kn), can't (kt).   Examples:   candle: kdl canteen: kten canoe: kanu cannery: kanre   There is one exception though: the word "canton" is written "kan-tn" and not "k-tn", because "k-tn" means "contain."  Also "tn" in this case is the blend of t and n.   Now you know why "candidate" has the "can" as "k" and "cancel" has it as "kan."

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