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    Default Don't give a damn or give a damn...

    1) She gives a damn to what they say.

    2) She doesn't give a damn to what they say.

    I'd mean that she doesn't care to what they say. Which should I pick out?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Don't give a damn or give a damn...

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    She doesn't give a damn about what they say.

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    Default Re: Don't give a damn or give a damn...

    Quick reply.

    It may be better to write:
    She doesn't give a damn to what they say.
    Or
    She doesn't give a damn what they say to.

    Thanks in advance again.

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    Default Re: Don't give a damn or give a damn...

    She gives a damn - she cares about something (in your case what they are saying)

    She doesnt give a damn - she doesnt care about it.

    Btw, I think its not possible to use She doesnt give a damn to what they... because its "give a damn about" (a specific structure)

    For example - Kate: Sue, your house blew up!
    Sue: I donīt give a damn. (I dont care what happened to the house)

    But also some poeple say "Like I give a damn!" (usually its an answer to something.)

    Tom: Brad, your house is on fire!
    Brad: Like I give a damn! (meaning something along the lines - Why do you think I care about what has happened to my house? or DO I look like I care aboutmy house?)

    hope its not too much confusing...

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    Default Re: Don't give a damn or give a damn...

    Quote Originally Posted by philadelphia View Post
    Quick reply.

    It may be better to write:
    She doesn't give a damn to what they say.
    Or
    She doesn't give a damn what they say to.

    Thanks in advance again.

    No - you cannot say "give a damn to". The collocation is "give a damn about".

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    Default Re: Don't give a damn or give a damn...

    I quite see. I used to be confusing, but now that works. Thanks

    Edited: Thanks again, Anglika!

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