N1 Lesson 9: 14/17
を禁じ得ない をきんじえない

を禁じ得ない

Cannot help feeling
Cannot but
Cannot hold back


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Structure
Noun + を禁じ得ない
Verb + の + を禁じ得ない
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(A) を禁じ得ない is a formal phrase used when the speaker/writer cannot suppress the rise of certain emotions (sadness, happiness, etc.) or the result of those emotions (like laughter or crying).
It is generally used with a limited number of expressions like: 涙、笑い、同情(の念)、驚き(の念)、怒り、苦しみ、失望、喜び、感動. This expression is uncommon in daily conversation.

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この生徒(せいと)たちは流暢(りゅうちょう)な日本語(にほんご)でニュースについて議論(ぎろん)していたが、彼(かれ)らは2年(ねん)前(まえ)から日本語(にほんご)を勉強(べんきょう)し始(はじ)めたと聞(き)いて、驚(おどろ)きを禁(きん)じ得(え)なかった
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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.

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