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    #1

    Is "about" necessary here?

    1- I don't care what the others think.
    2- I don't care about what the others think.

    And also, is "about" a preposition? If not, what part of speech is it?

    Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Exclamation Re: Is "about" necessary here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Super Sonic View Post
    1- I don't care what the others think.
    2- I don't care about what the others think.

    And also, is "about" a preposition? If not, what part of speech is it?

    Thank you in advance.
    It is not necessary, but still some people use it. To treat this placement as a preposition is cotroversial. The best way to express the idea with about acting as preposition is, as:
    I don't care what the others think about me.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 15-Sep-2009 at 04:29.


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    Re: Is "about" necessary here?

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    It is not necessary, but still some people use it. To treat this placement as a preposition is cotroversial. The best way to express the idea with about acting as preposition is, as:
    I don't care what the others think about me.
    I would wonder why it would be controversial. It would seem to me that "what the others think" is a noun clause, which is also the object of the preposition "about".

    I don't care about it. What is it that you don't care about?

    I don't care about what the others think. It's of no import to me. Should any of you care to discuss it further, then I suggest you post a comment on my blog. Huff! Of course, I'll have to approve it first. Therefore, I should forewarn you to exericise caution before you submit your comment. I should hate to know that any of you might exercise your fingers on the keyboard in vain. Now, if you'll, please, excuse me, I must be off to the shoppes.

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