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    There is an absolute equality of rights...

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether there is a hair-line distinction between the meaning of the following three sentences?

    He couldn’t refrain from smiling.

    He couldn’t help smiling.

    He couldn’t stop smiling.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Smile Re: There is an absolute equality of rights...

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether there is a hair-line distinction between the meaning of the following three sentences?

    He couldn’t refrain from smiling.

    He couldn’t help smiling.

    He couldn’t stop smiling.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Hello Vil,

    I do not see any difference between these three sentences, maybe the first one is a little more formal, but I am not a teacher and not English.

    See you later and the forum.

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