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can't help

This page is about the collocation can't help

collocation pattern: verb + verb

Meaning

unable to stop yourself doing something you shouldn't do

For example

  • We know it's serious, but we can't help smiling.

  • I tried not to cough, but I just couldn't help it.

Quick Quiz

We can't help laughing when our teacher speaks. He

a. has a funny voice

b. tells funny stories

c. never tells jokes

Contributor: Matt Errey