Help, Can’t Help

After help, we can use object + infinitive.

  • He helped her to lift the box.

We often use the infinitive without to. This is rather informal.

  • He helped her lift the box.
can’t help

If you say that you can’t help doing something, you mean that you can’t stop yourself doing it.

  • Sorry I broke the cup – I couldn’t help it.
  • I can’t help wondering what I should do next.

Can’t help can be followed by but + infinitive without to. The meaning is the same as can’t help — ing. This structure is common in American English.

  • I can’t help but wonder what I should do next.

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