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    1.'I've always thought of Mary as a uncaring person.'

    Could we use 'indifferent' instead of 'uncaring' here?

    2.'Some people are indifferent to protecting the environment.'

    Could we use 'uncaring about' instead of 'indifferent to' here?

    3. 'I am not interested in dancing.'

    Could we use 'indifferent to' instead of 'not interested in' here?

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    Last edited by thru; 02-Apr-2007 at 11:36.

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    Re: indifferent

    1. Perhaps, but it would not mean the same thing. Uncaring is bit more specific than Indifferent.

    One can be indifferent, meaning that that one hasn't arrived at any particular reaction, and maybe won't, but maybe will: that is not necessarily uncaring, it is just that one doesn't consider the subject to be something worthy of making a decision about.

    One can be uncaring, meaning that one HAS arrived at a particular reaction, which is that one doesn't care about what happens about the subject.

    2. No. Indifferent here means that they do not consider it necessary to have an opinion about whether they should care about the environment or not. Uncaring means that they have made a positive decision not to be bothered to care for the environment.

    3. Not interested is one stage back from indifferent. Not interested means that the subject doesn't spend any time in one's brain, so one hasn't even thought about whether to make a decision on it. One can not be indifferent about something one hasn't even bothered to think about!
    Last edited by pedant; 02-Apr-2007 at 01:25.

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