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    #1

    Smile Why's that

    Could you help me to explain why the first sentence requires the infinitive "remember" and the second one - the gerund "being". I myself used the two sentences but when I was asked by my child the above question I wasn't able to give any decent explanation. Here are the sentences:

    1. Whenever I think of Wonderama I cannot help but remember that song!
    2. I can't help being amused when I read "The Mock Turtle's story".

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    #2

    Re: Why's that

    Parallel structure (verb base + but + verb base):
    1. I cannot help but remember that song!
    2. I can't help but be amused.

    Object of the verb (verb + noun):
    2. I can't help being amused.

    Does that help?

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    #3

    Smile Re: Why's that

    Yes, thank you very much. But could you, please, discriminate between the shades of meaning of the two sentences:
    1. I can't help but be amused.
    2 I can't help being amused.

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