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    Post "Care less"

    I often hear people say "I could care less" about a certain issue, and I know they mean to imply that the issue does not matter to them. Would it be correct to say "I couldn't care less" (which, frankly, makes more sense to me as someone whose first language is not English). Or, are these expressions both acceptable and correct? I hear them on the radio, TV, read them in books, articles... and more often than not it's "I could care less"... spoken or written by very well educated people. That's what prompted me to ask this question. I apologize for any potential mistakes in this message since it is going to be reviewed by an expert in English language, but in my defense, English is my fifth language,.. so please, do not be too hard on my grammar and let me know which version of the expression is correct.

    Thank you in advance
    Last edited by ATDM; 16-Nov-2008 at 15:47.

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    Re: "Care less"

    Hello AT,

    Here is an interesting comment on the expression.

    It isn't always possible to disentangle an apparently illogical set phrase; especially in cases like this, where the phrase has a certain emotive content. It might be easier to think of it as a single lexical unit.

    Best wishes,


    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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