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    which one is correct?

    I can't help from noticing or but notice , and why?
    thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by gio View Post
    Which one is correct?

    I can't help from noticing or but notice, and why?

    Thank you.
    Please see my amendments to your post above. Please remember that in written English, we start each sentence with a capital letter, and we do not put a space before a comma.

    Which one of the two choices do you think is correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Please see my amendments to your post above. Please remember that in written English, we start each sentence with a capital letter, and we do not put a space before a comma.


    Which of the two choices do you think is correct?
    Well, we do use gerund after from, so it sounds correct.However, because it's a negative sentence I think that but is also correct since it shows contradiction. I 'm confused...

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    Default Re: which one?

    Quote Originally Posted by gio View Post
    Well, we do use gerund after from, so it sounds correct.However, because it's a negative sentence I think that but is also correct since it shows contradiction. I 'm confused...
    If you omit the word "from" either is okay.

    "I can't help from..." is not a standard construction in my dialect of English.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    If you omit the word "from" either is okay.

    "I can't help from..." is not a standard construction in my dialect of English.
    Thank you

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    Default Re: which one?

    Quote Originally Posted by gio View Post
    which one is correct?

    I can't help from noticing or but notice , and why?
    thank you

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) According to some experts, you could say:

    (a) I cannot help noticing how beautiful you are.

    (b) I cannot but notice how beautiful you are.

    *****

    (c) This one is becoming popular, but some experts do not like it: I cannot help but notice how beautiful you are.

    Source: Bryan A. Garner. A Dictionary of American Usage.

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    Default Re: which one?

    As the Parser has pointed out, two constructions exist: the most popular construction in conversation is can't help doing, while in more formal/literary parlance we still find cannot help but do, in which 'but' is a preposition (its original function in OE) governing the verb in the infinitive.

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