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    can't but + inf" and "can't help + ing"

    Do "can't but + inf" and "can't help + ing" have the same meaning?

    'Can't help but noticing it'
    'Can't help but notice it'

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    Re: can't but + inf" and "can't help + ing"

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    Do "can't but + inf" and "can't help + ing" have the same meaning?

    'Can't help but noticing it'
    'Can't help but notice it'
    'Can't help but noticing it' This is incorrect.

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    Re: can't but + inf" and "can't help + ing"

    Though quite frequent in AmE. cf. "irregardless."

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    Re: can't but + inf" and "can't help + ing"

    I don't see much difference between "can't help but notice" and "can't help noticing."

    I would not say "can't help but noticing."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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