cannot help but

 is an increasingly common construction, and perhaps now may be said to carry the weight of idiom, but it is also worth noting that it is both unnecessarily wordy and a little irregular. "You cannot help but notice what a bad name deregulation has with voters" would be better (or at least more conventionally) phrased as either "You cannot help notice.. ." or "You cannot but notice.. ."

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  • cannot (help) but — formal phrase to have no choice except to do something You cannot help but like her. As I look back over my career, I cannot but smile. Thesaurus: choices and the process of choosingsynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • cannot help but —    is an increasingly common construction and perhaps now may be said to carry the weight of idiom, but it is also unnecessarily wordy and a little irregular. You cannot help but notice what a bad name deregulation has with voters (Economist)… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • cannot help but — phrasal see cannot but …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cannot help but — phrasal : cannot but …   Useful english dictionary

  • cannot help — he could not help laughing: BE UNABLE TO STOP, be unable to refrain from, be unable to keep from. → help * * * cannot help ● help * * * cannot help 1 ◇ If you cannot help yourself, you cannot control your actions or stop yourself from doing… …   Useful english dictionary

  • help but — See cannot help but …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • cannot (can't) help but — In this expression, but should be omitted because its use results in a double negative (cannot, or can t, and but). Instead of saying I can t help but think you are mistaken, say I can t help thinking you are mistaken, a more concise statement… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • (cannot) can't help but — In this expression, but should be omitted because its use results in a double negative (cannot, or can t, and but). Instead of saying I can t help but think you are mistaken, say I can t help thinking you are mistaken, a more concise statement… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • cannot or can't help but — idi cannot or can t help but, to be unable to refrain from or avoid; be obliged to: Still, you can t help but admire her[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • cannot help — phrasal see cannot but …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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