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  1. enydia's Avatar

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    the usage of 'care'

    Hi, Teachers.

    I have 2 questions about the usage of 'care'.


    1
    When meaning 'be worried, concerned, interested, etc', can the phrase 'care (about)' be used in a affirmative sentence? For example, is the following sentence grammatical? If it is, is it commonl?
    I really cares (about) what happened.

    2
    When meaning 'love or like sb', can the phrase 'care for sb' be used in a affirmative sentence? For example, is the following sentence grammatical? If it is, is it commonl?
    I don't like her mother, but I care for her very much.

    Thank you in advance.

    Enydia


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    Re: the usage of 'care'

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Hi, Teachers.

    I have 2 questions about the usage of 'care'.


    1
    When meaning 'be worried, concerned, interested, etc', can the phrase 'care (about)' be used in a affirmative sentence? For example, is the following sentence grammatical? If it is, is it common? Yes and Yes.
    I really care (about) what happened.

    2
    When meaning 'love or like sb', can the phrase 'care for sb' be used in a affirmative sentence? For example, is the following sentence grammatical? If it is, is it commonl?
    I don't like her mother, but I care for her very much. Illogical. If you don't like someone, you are most unlikely to care for [about] them.

    "You know I care about you".
    "I care for Emma more than I can say"



    Thank you in advance.

    Enydia
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  2. enydia's Avatar

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    Re: the usage of 'care'

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I don't like her mother, but I care for her very much. Illogical. If you don't like someone, you are most unlikely to care for [about] them.
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    Thank you, Anglika.

    I'm sorry I don't know why you said 'illogical'.
    What I want to express is that I don't like her mother but I like her. Is there any contradiction?


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    Re: the usage of 'care'

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Thank you, Anglika.

    I'm sorry I don't know why you said 'illogical'.
    What I want to express is that I don't like her mother but I like her. Is there any contradiction?
    Yes - How do you like someone and not like that person? - it is not logical. You either like the person or you do not like the person.

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    Re: the usage of 'care'

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Yes - How do you like someone and not like that person? - it is not logical. You either like the person or you do not like the person.
    Well...I think what Enydia meant was....like

    I don't like Anglika's(her) mother, but I like Anglika(her).(Terrible example...)
    In her example, "her" is tricky...

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    Re: the usage of 'care'

    Tzfujimino has hit the nail on the head. The problem is that "her" here is to ambiguous.
    Maybe he should try something like:
    I don't like Mary's mother, but I do care for Mary.


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    Re: the usage of 'care'

    Brilliant - I can't have had my antennae properly tuned

  5. enydia's Avatar

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    Re: the usage of 'care'

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Brilliant - I can't have had my antennae properly tuned
    I'm so sorry, Teachers.
    I wasn't conscious of the ambiguity.

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