Can not choose but
Choose Choose, v. i. 1. To make a selection; to decide. [1913 Webster]

They had only to choose between implicit obedience and open rebellion. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

2. To do otherwise. ``Can I choose but smile?'' --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{Can not choose but}, must necessarily. [1913 Webster]

Thou canst not choose but know who I am. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • Choose — Choose, v. i. 1. To make a selection; to decide. [1913 Webster] They had only to choose between implicit obedience and open rebellion. Prescott. [1913 Webster] 2. To do otherwise. Can I choose but smile? Pope. [1913 Webster] {Can not choose but} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • can — can1 [ weak kən, strong kæn ] modal verb *** Can is usually followed by an infinitive without to : I can speak French. Sometimes it is used without a following infinitive: Come and help us, if you can. Can does not change its form, so the third… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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