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I have this feeling people normally omit "it" as in [2] with this construction "can't help (it) if ...." Would you?

[1] I couldn't help it if he omitted to check the word.

[2] I couldn't help if he omitted to check the word.

Best,

Hiro
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Let me just recap for myself, and get some confirmation if you please.


[1] I can't help it if (or, that) I sneezed.

[2] I couldn't help it if (or, that) I sneezed.

Meaning: [1] = [2] = I couldn't stop myself from sneezing.

Both subjects should be the same because this construction is used normally when you can't stop something in yourself.

[3] I couldn't help if he omitted to check the word.

Meaning: I couldn't help when it happened that he omitted to check the word.

Does this help mean to assist? Or, is there any idiomatic meaning to this?
Any and all your help would be appreciated.

Best,

Hiro