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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.

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Hiro
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This is the idiom:
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=36657&dict=CALD

I think you need:
I couldn't help it that he omitted to check the word.
I couldn't help him omitting to check the word.


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Hi, Marius.

Wouldn't you say, "I couldn't help it if ..."? Would you always use a that-clause?

Hiro
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Wouldn't you say, "I couldn't help it if ..."? Would you always use a that-clause?
Not always, see my examples and at Cambridge.
I meant "I couldn't help it if ..." versus "I couldn't help it that ...." Would you always use a that-clause between the two?

Hiro
HSSI 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.
Your construction is strange. You normally use it when you can't stop something in yourself, not in others:

http://www.google.com/search?q=site:literaturepost.com+%22can%27t+help+it%22+&hl=en&lr=&a...
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[2] I couldn't help if he omitted to check the word.
has another meaning:
I couldn't help when he omitted to check the word.
this doesn't not mean stopping the action, as in the idiom shown at Cambridge.
Marius Hancu[2] I couldn't help if he omitted to check the word.
has another meaning:
I couldn't help when he omitted to check the word.
Which means? I'd be happy if you'd help me.
HSS
Marius Hancu[2] I couldn't help if he omitted to check the word.
has another meaning:
I couldn't help when he omitted to check the word.
Which means? I'd be happy if you'd help me.
I couldn't help when it happened that he omitted to check the word.
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