Noun + を禁じ得ない
Verb + の + を禁じ得ない
を禁じ得ない will be seen following nouns, or occasionally verbs that have been nominalized with の.
初めて広島にある平和記念資料館に行ったとき、涙をこらえるのを禁じ得なかった。I could not hold back my tears when I went to the peace museum in Hiroshima for the first time.
- 息子が生まれたが、いい父親になれるか不安を禁じ得ない。I have a son, but I can't stop worrying about whether I will be a good father.
- 税金を国民のためではなく自分たちのためだけに使う政治家に怒りを禁じ得ない。I cannot help but be outraged at politicians who spend taxpayers' money only on themselves and not on the people.
彼はあのシーンを見て涙を禁じ得ないようだ。It seems like he was not able to hold back his tears when he saw that scene. (Unnatural Japanese)
I could not help being surprised, hearing that these students who were discussing the news in fluent Japanese, had started studying it two years ago.
I cannot help but feel anger upon hearing the news that the politicians raised their salaries during this time of recession.
を禁じ得ない is often a reaction to hearing or seeing something.
Biography: 'I could not hold back tears after seeing the destruction that the war brought upon this area.'
I cannot help but feel joy at seeing those two embracing one another after all these years.
I cannot help feeling compassion for the victims of the earthquake, who lost everything.
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