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    Smile you can't help liking them

    can anyone explain me what's that sentense mean you can't help liking them

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    Re: you can't help liking them

    It's impossible not to like them...
    It's hard to say that you hate them...
    You just have to like them...

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    Re: you can't help liking them

    Think of someone like, say, TV's Archie Bunker (if you can remember that far back). He give you every reason in the world not to like him -he's prejudiced and abrasive and impatient. But yet he's funny and has a good heart deep down, so you just can't help likeing him.

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    Question Re: you can't help liking them

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch
    Think of someone like, say, TV's Archie Bunker (if you can remember that far back). He give you every reason in the world not to like him -he's prejudiced and abrasive and impatient. But yet he's funny and has a good heart deep down, so you just can't help likeing him.
    Hi. Ouisch, from your post it follows that this phrase has a bit negative meaning in the sense that "you don't want to like him, but it is impossible because he's so...", and here something nice follows. Could it has, however, positive meaning in which "he's so... that one must like him", so he's just as great as only could be?

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    Re: you can't help liking them

    Yes, it can be used in a positive sense, too. Someone could be so nice and pleasant, or so helpful, that you can't help but like him.

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