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I'd like to know if "can't" can replace "couldn't" in the following sentences. Could you please help me with them?
1. I can't agree more. ？← (I couldn't agree more.)
2. I can't be happier. ？← (I couldn't be happier.)
3. It can be worse. ？← (It could be worse.)
4. The weather can be better. ？← (The weather could be better.)
Would "can't" version sentences make sense?
Sorry but I am also wondering whether "I couldn't care less" means "I care" or "I don't care at all". Could you do me a favor?
Thank you in advance!!
If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)
In BrE, we use "I couldn't care less" which, as you now know, means "I don't care at all". Inexplicably, AmE uses "I could care less" to mean the same thing. I have never heard an explanation for that. I'm sure our AmE speakers will let me know if that version of the phrase is falling out of use in favour of the one that makes sense.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
Actually not inexplicable. :)
The AmE usage "I could care less" is ironic. When we were children we used to say "Like I could care less", meaning "as if I ...". Later it was shortened by omitting the "like."
Last edited by probus; 18-Aug-2013 at 05:25.
It is analogous to "Yeah right" which always means "wrong" in AmE. "I could care less" always means "I couldn't care less."