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Consider this situation: there is a guy who wears Different strange clothes every day and whenever you see him in his new set of cloths, you laugh out loud. Your mother says you should stop doing that. The next time he comes, you still laugh and when your mother stares at you, you respond "I can't help laughing !", meaning "I can't stop myself from laughing, ...
they are grammatically different, and their meanings are a bit different,too: "I can't stop laughing" means something has been so funny that has made me laugh badly, and I cannot stop my laughter !. "I can't help laughing" means "laughing at" the given issue has been the only option! "I couldn't do anything else in that time but laughing!" :)
They are different: Simply put, the difference is in the duration of the laughter. "I can't stop laughing" implies laughter for an extended (generally lengthy) period of time. "I can't help laughing" implies the necessity of laughter, but does not require a duration. Cheers
Oral and Verbal: ( grammar.about.com) The adjective oral means pertaining to speech or to the mouth. The adjective verbal means pertaining to words, whether written or spoken (though verbal is sometimes treated as a synonym for oral). Usage notes: Oral communication is speech, conversation. Verbal ability is one's skill with words, ...
The 'we' in "how are we" is the same 'we' used when a teacher asks a child "Why don't we put down the toy and wash up for lunch?" Dictionary.com: you (used familiarly, often with mild condescension or sarcasm, as in addressing a child, a patient, etc.): We know that's naughty, don't we? It's time we took our medicine. "How are we?" Is the ...
"One would hope that by the end of the contract you will have found another apartment"
Discussing is simply talking over. Let's say in the scenario you received a test score you are unhappy with. Discussing might mean that you go in to see the teacher, you talk about your score, and they might tell you how to do better in the future. Negotiating with your teacher over the score would mean you ask for ten points extra credit, they disagree, ...
From an etymological standpoint, verbal means 'pertaining to words' and oral means 'pertaining to the mouth'. The two can have different meanings in some cases (e.g. the other connotations of oral) but overlap in their common usage to mean spoken word. In this meaning, the two are synonymous and used interchangeably, as reflected by Oxford's definition of ...
When you say "I can't but X", you mean either (1) that there is no other option or (2) that it is beyond your control or (3) that doing something else is not helpful. (Eg 1) "I lost my wallet, so I have no money for taxis or buses. But I have to be in office soon. I can't but walk" , "I do not know cooking. I can't but eat out" , meaning : no other option ...
I agree with others who explain the difference in meaning between your alternatives. But the version of your first alternative that seems familiar to me is "I can't help but laugh" not "I can't help laughing."
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