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    couldn't help but smile

    She couldn't help but smile.
    She couldn't help smiling.

    Do the two sentences mean the same thing? Thanks a lot.

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    Re: couldn't help but smile

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    She couldn't help but smile.
    She couldn't help smiling.

    Do the two sentences mean the same thing? Thanks a lot.
    The first sentence has a meaning that She is only smiling when you asked her to help. The second sentence is She can't stand to smile.


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    Re: couldn't help but smile

    nuharani:
    'couldn't help' here has the meaning of 'couldn't stop herself from' smiling/couldn't refrain from.

    It is not 'help' in the sense of assisting someone or asking for help.

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    Re: couldn't help but smile

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    nuharani:
    'couldn't help' here has the meaning of 'couldn't stop herself from' smiling/couldn't refrain from.

    It is not 'help' in the sense of assisting someone or asking for help.
    Hi,David, you mean these two sentences are of the same meaning?

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    Re: couldn't help but smile

    They do to me, yes.

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