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8 Dec 2013 — Can't help but

 

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We cannot help but admire his courage

We cannot help but admire his courage.

 

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GLOSSARY

cannot but (formal expression) – can do nothing except, have an unavoidable obligation; We cannot but recognize his contribution to history.

can't help (expression) – cannot resist, cannot stop, cannot avoid;  We couldn't help eating the whole pie. (had weak will-power); We couldn't help running into him on the way to class. (could not avoid); I couldn't help it.  (There was nothing I could do. It was not my fault.)

can't help + but – (informal, merged expression)