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Sentence 1: The child can a can in the can.

can refers to "throw (something) away"
can means "a cylindrical metal container in which food or drink is hermetically sealed for storage"
can here is "a container for storing rubbish"

This sentence can be interpreted as:
The child throws away a tin container in the trash bin.

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Sentence 2: The child can can a can?

can means "able to" (modal)
can here is defined as "to throw (something) away" [slang]
can refers to "a container for storing food, rubbish, etc"

So this sentence can mean:
The child is able to throw away a container?


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All, substituted with the word "can" for a humorous effect. {:soso_e100:}

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