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    I can't help + (verb-ing)

    Kindly teach me the meaning & uses (context) of the following sentences.

    1. I can't help chatting.
    2. I can't help smiling when I see her.

    Furthermore, 1. Can we use it with (we, she, you etc)? and 2. How will we use it the Past and future tense? Please give few examples please.

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    Re: I can't help + (verb-ing)

    It means that you can't stop yourself/it's impossible to do anything other than chat/smile.

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    Re: I can't help + (verb-ing)

    I got it. But kindly explain its past & future uses with an example.

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: I can't help + (verb-ing)

    Quote Originally Posted by Abdul basit jadoon View Post
    I got it. But kindly explain its past & future uses with an example.

    Thank you very much.
    Note that 'kindly' is not a synonym for 'please'. It is often used as a rather formal order, and can suggest impatience.

    I can't help smiling when I see her.
    Past: I couldn't help smiling when I saw her yesterday.

    It's not commonly used when talking about the future. We don't know in advance whether it will be impossible to do anything but smile.

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    Re: I can't help + (verb-ing)

    Sir
    It is very clear now, I understood the difference between "kindly and please" as well. It is Usingenglish.com and you people we are learning from sitting in the rural areas of third world. What a source of English this site is !
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    Abdul Basit
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    Re: I can't help + (verb-ing)

    I don't think I will ever get over the amazement at being able to communicate with people from all over the world.

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