04/04/17 Take care (of), Care (about) & Care (for) 

[Part 2]

Take care of, Care about and Care for Part 2

Care (about)
Care (about) is used to say whether or not you feel something is important, or whether it interests or worries you. It is most common in questions and negative sentences. About is used before an object, but is usually left out before a conjunction.
  • I don’t care about your opinion.
(NOT I don’t care of your opinion.)
(NOT I don’t care for your opinion.)
  • I don’t care whether it rains – I’m happy.
  • ‘I’ll never speak to you again.’ ‘I don’t care.’
  • ‘Your mother is very upset with you.’ ‘I couldn’t care less.’ (= I don’t care at all.)
Care for
Care for can be used to mean “look after”. This is rather formal or literary.
  • He spent years caring for his sick mother.
A more common use is to mean “like” or “be fond of”.
  • Would you care for a cup of tea?
  • I don’t much care for strawberries.
  • I really care for you, Sandra.

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