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    Hi,

    Although there are some men who like children and may have had considerable experience with them, others do not particularly _____ children and spend little time with them.

    The answer of this question is "care for" while I chose" care about", why was I wrong?

    Thanks a lot

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    Default Re: care for/care about

    Both are possible, in my opinion.

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    Default Re: care for/care about

    They are both possible in your example, but "care for" can have a slightly different connotation depending on context.

    I care for children for my job = I am a nanny/nurse etc and I have personal contact with those children when I am at work.
    I care about children = I think children are important, I give consideration to them. I don't necessarily have children of my own nor do I specifically come into contact with them.

    I care for my elderly mother = My mother lives with me, or I visit her regularly, and I look after her and her personal needs
    I care about my elderly mother = I am concerned about her, I am concerned about her welfare. I don't necessarily actually have any personal contact with her.

    I don't care for coffee = I don't like coffee.
    I don't care about coffee = an unlikely statement (possible, but unlikely).

    Would you care for a coffee? = Would you like a cup of coffee?
    Yes please/No thanks.

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    Default Re: care for/care about

    "Care for" is the natural expression to me. Meaning they don't like children.

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    Default Re: care for/care about

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Care for" is the natural expression to me. Meaning they don't like children.
    I agree that "care for" is most likely in the original sentence. It is possible, though, for the writer to believe that men don't really care about children!

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