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    turn red/ moved beyond words/ couldn't care less

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me your opinion concerning the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Rosemary was so surprised that she turned red.

    turn red = become red, blush, flush

    Rosemary was moved beyond words.

    move = touch

    Some people couldn’t care less.

    couldn’t care less = doesn’t mean a thing to at all

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Re: turn red/ moved beyond words/ couldn't care less

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me your opinion concerning the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Rosemary was so surprised that she turned red.

    turn red = become red, blush, flush

    Rosemary was moved beyond words.

    move = touch

    Some people couldn’t care less.

    couldn’t care less = doesn’t mean a thing to at all

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
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    Vil,


    Just wanted to congratulate you on saying "I could not care less."

    Many (many!!!) native speakers say: "I could care less."


    THANK YOU

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    Re: turn red/ moved beyond words/ couldn't care less

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    Vil,


    Just wanted to congratulate you on saying "I could not care less."

    Many (many!!!) native speakers say: "I could care less."


    THANK YOU

    Only in the US.

    Native speakers of BrE still say, "I couldn't care less."

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    Re: turn red/ moved beyond words/ couldn't care less

    1. Rosemary was so surprised that she turned red.

    You're right to say that "turn red" = "become red"; and you're right to imply that surprise can elicit a flush. However, you would usually say that someone "turned red" in the context of embarrassment, rather than surprise. ("Turn red" tends to suggest a deep blush, rather than a flush.)

    2. Rosemary was moved beyond words.

    Yes, "moved" is very similar to "touched", in your context, and your sentence is good; but perhaps "moved" suggests a deeper emotion. I am touched if you remember my birthday; I am moved if you travel 50 miles to cook me a chicken casserole when I'm ill.

    3. Some people couldn’t care less.

    Your explanation "couldn’t care less = doesn’t mean a thing to at all" doesn't entirely make sense. Maybe: "X couldn't care less about Y" = "Y doesn't mean anything to X".

    Best wishes,

    MrP
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