This phrase is the contraction of ‘I cannot help’ and is used in spoken english when you are unable to control, avoid or stop habitual things which may be good ones or bad ones. It is generally followed by present participle form of the verb( i.e, ing form of the verb ).
Basic Syntax : (I can’t help + Present Participle Form of Verb)
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Example of ‘I can’t help’ in Spoken English
- I can’t help thinking too much.
Suppose you have a habit of thinking too much about anything you come across or about some past events that reminds you of your good times spent with your family. In these type of situations you can use the above example.
- I can’t help smoking a lot in a day.
This example can be suited to most of the people who smoke a lot in day and couldn’t have any control over it.
- I can’t help eating sweets.
Suppose you love to have sweets after every meal and you are taking it in access as compared to other people. Then you can use the above sentence to show that you cannot control eating so mush sweets.
- I can’t help smiling all the time.
This sentence can be used to show your habit of smiling in each and every moment whether you meet someone or doing something else.
- I can’t help being crazy when I am with him.
Suppose you feel ecstatic whenever you meet your best friend and have a lot of excitement to do some crazy stuff as you feel very comfortable with him. In this situation, above phrase can be utilized while speaking english.
- I can’t help bathing two or more times a day.
This example can be used when someone is extensively hygienic and bath two or more times a day. This is one of the rare habit that many people have.
- I can’t help singing all day long.
This is one of the general habit that we usually come across. Everyone loves music to refresh their minds. Some loves to listen while some loves to sing passionately.
- I can’t help lying to my mom.
This example can be used in spoken english when someone has a habit of lying to their family members. This habit is generally seen in children. However adults and elders too have this habit.
- I can’t help teasing him everyday.
You can use this example when you are unable to avoid to make fun of your friend everyday you meet him.
- I can’t help speculating in a cricket match.
Suppose you love to speculate in a cricket match in order to gain some profit and make huge amount of money or to leverage the level of your excitement during the match. Likewise, you can use the above phrase in spoken english in similar kind of situations.
Common Errors using ‘I can’t help’ in Spoken English
- I can’t help make a bad tea. (✕)
- I can’t help making bad tea. (✓)
- I can’t help my cry whenever I think about that incident. (✕)
- I can’t help crying whenever I think about that incident. (✓)