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    #1

    could care less VS couldn't care less

    One of my native friends has told me that it's common in the USA that they would say 'I could care less' instead of 'I couldn't care less'. I wonder that he is right or not. What do you think?

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    #2

    Re: could care less VS couldn't care less

    It may be true that it's common in the USA, but it's not correct English. Don't use it.

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    #3

    Re: could care less VS couldn't care less

    I have indeed heard it from US speakers of English. They never used the correct option.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: could care less VS couldn't care less

    Yes, it's common and illogical, but that is what people say.

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    #5

    Re: could care less VS couldn't care less

    The first time I heard an American friend use "I could care less", I laughed and asked her why she had used such a nonsensical version of "I couldn't care less". She looked at me as if I was mad and said that she didn't know what I was talking about. I pointed out that the correct (and logical) phrase is "I couldn't care less" and she actually didn't believe me. She thought I was joking when I told her that that was what we say in BrE and, I thought, in every other variant of English. Since then, I have heard "I could care less" from countless AmE speakers. I still don't know why.

    You might enjoy this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om7O0MFkmpw
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: could care less VS couldn't care less

    We're either being sarcastic or stupid. Such a fine line between clever and stupid.

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    #7

    Re: could care less VS couldn't care less

    Yes, I believe the variant started as a sarcastic version of the original. Unfortunately, many people didn't know there was an original correct version, so they picked up the variant. It grates on my ears.

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