Ex 1a - Match the beginnings and endings
|1.||I don't care if I||a)||than I care to remember.|
|2.||In fact he cares for her a lot||b)||caring for her young children.|
|3.||He cares deeply about||c)||never see her again!|
|4.||She doesn't care that||d)||some more coffee?|
|5.||They really care about||e)||more than either of them realise.|
|6.||I've driven this road more times||f)||he's got no money. It's love that counts.|
|7.||Would you care for||g)||their employees.|
|8.||She stays at home,||h)||the situation of the poor.|
Ex 1b - Click on the appropriate button. Which do you use when ...
|1.||politely offering something?|
|2.||somebody is important to you?|
|3.||it's not important or worth the worry?|
|4.||you look after somebody?|
|5.||something is important to you?|
|6.||you are not interested?|
|7.||somebody is important to you romantically?|
The verb to care
- To care about somebody - means to like or love somebody and worry about what happens to them
- To care about something - is to think something (e.g. the environment) is very important and worth worrying about.
- To care to do something - to make the effort to do something
- You're going to be late - I don't care!
- You won't pass your exams - Who cares?
- I won't get the job, as if I really cared anyway.
The phrasal verb to care for
- means to look after somebody who is sick, very old, very young, etc.
- can also mean to feel romantically attracted toward somebody or love them.
"I know he cares about me, but does he care for me?"
The uncountable noun care has two main meanings:
- the process of caring for somebody/something and providing what they need for their health or protection
- attention or thought that you give to something that you are doing so that you will do it well and avoid mistakes or damage
Ex 2 - Decide which meaning, 1 or 2, care has in the following sentences.
|1.||Our skin care products will keep you looking young.|
|2.||Who takes care of the children when you are at work?|
|3.||Knowing his quick temper, she chose her words with a lot of care.|
|4.||Great care is needed when crossing this road.|
|5.||This is a care home for the elderly.|
|6.||Glass - Handle with care!|
|7.||Careful and careless|
|8.||The patient care in this city is superb.|
There is also a countable noun - care
She was without a care in the world.
to take care - the final piece in the jigsaw
Ex 3a - First fill the gaps with words from the box (click on a word in the box and then click on a suitable gap to drop the word in). Then check your answers.
Ex 3b - Next, decide whether you could use look after in each sentence (maybe with a couple of changes - see below), and click on the 'Yes' or 'No' buttons, then check.
|Can look after be used instead?||Yes||No|
|1.||Bye! Take care !|
|2.||Take care (that) you don't too fast!|
|3.||Who's taking care of the while you're on holiday?|
|4.||She takes care of her clothes.|
|5.||Be what you feed the dog.|
|6.||She's old now to take care of herself.|
|7.||Care should be taken when hot coffee.|
|8.||You should take better care of .|
|9.||They were charged with careless .|
|10.||David's taking care of the arrangements.|
|11.||Emma takes care of the side of things.|
|12.||Students take more care with their punctuation.|
Using look after - possible answers: Show
- Bye! Look after yourself.
- Who's looking after the pets while you're on holiday?
- She looks after her clothes very well.
- She's old enough now to look after herself.
- You should look after yourself better.
- David's looking after the travel arrangements.
- Emma looks after the marketing side of things.
Note - 'take care about'
Am I bovvered?
- Am I bovvered?
- Am I bovvered, though?
- I ain't bovvered!
- I ain't even bovvered, though!
- Does my face look bovvered?
Answers to the exercises - click on a button and then go back to the exercise.
Entries in learners' dictionaries
- Oxford - care, verb
- Oxford - care, noun
- Cambridge - care
- Macmillan - care, noun
- Macmillan - care, verb
- Macmillan - care for, phrasal verb
Links for 'Am I bovvered?'
- The Guardian - bovvered wins Word of the Year award
- Facebook - Am I bovvered page
- Lauren on the train - YouTube
- Lauren in the Burger Bar - YouTube
- Tony Blair 'ain't bovvered' - YouTube - it's worth waiting for Blair's bit.
- Ngram - look after the children or take care of the children