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  • Mom: John, stop playing video-games!

  • John: I can't help it!

Could someone explain what John said?

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Please clarify what you don't understand. It is a normal sentence in English. –  Matt Эллен Apr 23 '12 at 11:11
    
'help' doesn't seem to fit here. –  Mitch Apr 23 '12 at 11:17
    
It's a reference to John's favorite band, Bananarama. –  RegDwigнt Apr 23 '12 at 11:18
    
@Mitch - It fits fine for me. What do you find amiss? –  Matt Эллен Apr 23 '12 at 11:19
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I don't understand what you don't understand, @AngloSaxon. It is a very simple and easy to understand sentence. Hence my question. –  Matt Эллен Apr 23 '12 at 11:30
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closed as general reference by Matt Эллен, RegDwigнt Apr 23 '12 at 11:37

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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John is saying that he understands his mother's wishes and that he would like to comply, but he is unable to control himself. Most likely, he is saying not that he cannot stop at that instant, but that he cannot avoid playing regularly.

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