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Negar1995 19 February, 2014 - 16:38

hi jonathan! how r u?
i have a Q.
what is the difference between i cant help loving u and i cant help not loving u? plz answer me...!
thanks...

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Jonathan - Coor... 20 February, 2014 - 10:56

Hi Negar1995. Interesting question! They are opposite in meaning. 'I can't help ...ing' means something like 'I can't stop ...', so in your first sentence the speaker really loves the person he/she is talking to, but in your second sentence the speaker doesn't feel any love for the other person. Don't get it confused with 'I can't help but love X', which means the same as your first sentence - the speaker really loves X.

This is a really common phrase, especially in songs. Where did you see/hear it? Thanks for the question, I hope I helped :)
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Negar1995 21 February, 2014 - 15:06

hi!
thank u very much u helped me a lot. the last month my teacher asked this q and i told this to her but she said that i can't help loving u is grammatically wrong so i asked u to see is it wrong or we can use it...!

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