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    meaning

    It's Sunday night. Stanley and Ann Smith are outside a movie theater, and they have just noticed their tickets are for Saturday night.
    Ann: Take it easy, Stan! There's nothing we could do now.
    Stan: I can't help it. It's all because of me.
    What is the meaning of the Italic parts?
    Thanks

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    Re: meaning

    Take it easy She says him to calm down
    I can't help it I just can't stop what i've been doing

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    Re: meaning

    I would suggest that "I can't help it" in this case means "I can't NOT be upset" or "I am unable to refrain from being upset."
    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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