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    #1

    can't

    Dear teachers,

    The couldn't seem to care less.

    Does it mean they "care more" or "they care the same degree"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: can't

    It means 'They didn't seem to care at all'.

    A: 'It's starting to rain.'

    B: 'I couldn't care less.' ('I don't care at all.')

    (As your question is about to care less, that would have been a better title than can't.)

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    #3

    Re: can't

    Dear Rover_KE,

    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    I am afraid I get totally confused. Could you please kindly explain the difference between "I couldn't care less" and "I care less"? As far as I understand the latter means "I don't care more than others do". Then when we add "couldn't" why does it mean the same as "I care less"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    #4

    Re: can't

    It is impossible for me to care about this topic less than I do now. I am at my lowest possilble level of interest. I have no interest. I don't care. I could not care less.

    (It makes no sense to me when I hear poeple say "I could care less." The only logical way to say this is "I couldn't care less.")
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: can't

    Dear Barb_D,
    Thank you very much for your help.
    "I can't do it" means I do not have the ability to do it. Why "I can't care less " means "I don't care at all"? Is this a pattern?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
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    Jiang

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    #6

    Re: can't

    Why "I can't care less " means "I don't care at all"?
    Barb gave a great explanation of this. Read it again. It's quite logical. If it is impossible for you to care less, then your level of caring must be the smallest possible, which is zero. Nil. Not at all.

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