Student or Learner
"I can't help thinking about the girl I met at the party last night."
"I can't help but think about the girl I met at the party last night."
What's the difference in meaning?
Last edited by ostap77; 04-Jan-2011 at 12:49.
Last edited by ostap77; 04-Jan-2011 at 14:59.
Do you speak Russian? This is what my dictionary gives as examples:
She can't help thinking of it. — Она не может не думать об этом.
a)I could not help laughing. — Я не мог удержаться от смеха; я не мог не засмеяться.
b)I couldn't help but laugh. — Я не мог не смеяться.
a) and b) are equal here, but birdeen's call and fivejedjon say that they can't be used with the same meaning
Last edited by ostap77; 06-Jan-2011 at 11:18.