Hello english teachers, which sentence is correct?
I couldn't care less
I could care less
- Bill BLv 61 year agoFavourite answer
The proper form is "I couldn't care less."
It means I have zero interest in that "thing" whatever that thing is.
If you said "I could care less" you are saying that care some.
- busterwasmycatLv 71 year ago
I am not an English teacher, but the idea here is simply one of hyperbole. I could not care less means "I have absolutely no care about that thing at all". Well, that is usually not exactly true. They usually could care less but the idea is simply one of declaring that the thing is a triviality.
Over time, and in certain populations, that declaration has evolved into "I could care less". In this use, the idea is simply, "sure, I could care less, but I don't". It is again a form of hyperbole.
Either use now means "that is an unimportant thing, a really unimportant thing, from my view".
Literally, I prefer "I could not care less". But as a practical matter, I could care less. Not sure how, but I imagine it is possible.
- Anonymous1 year ago
I'm pretty sure English teachers are way too busy to be killing time on this site. It's only for yahoos like us.
- bluebellbkkLv 71 year ago
This is one of the big divides between British and American English.
British speakers say 'I couldn't care less' and most Americans say 'I could care less' BUT they all mean the same thing!
If you look at the sentence logically, it's clear that the one with 'not' is correct. It means: I care so little about this, that it would be impossible for me to care any less. I care ZERO: I could not care less.
Whether the expression was originally mis-heard I can't say, but 'I could care less' has become the Amrican standard. But Americans who use it always MEAN they could NOT care less.
Note: the real horror is 'I could careless'. 'Careless' is an adjective and is totally wrong in this context.
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- 1 year ago
I couldn't care less !
This means that someone cares so little that it wouldn't be possible to care. This should be used when you are sick and you complain to doctor.
- MikeLv 71 year ago
I think it was an expression used by Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century. It was commonplace enough that Benny Goodman had a hit song entitled I Should Care which played with the idiomatic negative and literal positive meanings of the sentence. It ended with the line: I should care and I do.
- LônLv 71 year ago
I couldn't care less !
This means that someone cares so little that it wouldn't be possible to care any less!
I could care less...makes no sense!
- KherovaLv 71 year ago
Both are correct, but you probably mean you couldn't care less because you already don't care at all (so there is no caring less than none). If you say you could care less, it would mean that you would still care some.
- dewcoonsLv 71 year ago
Depends on the region in which you leave.
In some parts of the country they use "could" and in other "couldn't".
- naughtydogg70Lv 71 year ago
I couldn't care less is right. If you say you could care less, it means you care at least a little bit.