Make Your Editor Cry: I Could Care Less vs. I Couldn’t Care Less

Make Your Editor Cry: I Could Care Less vs. I Couldn’t Care Less

If you “could” care less then that suggests you actually do care a little bit. You possess at least some care which still could be allocated to the situation in question.

“I couldn’t care less” is correct because it communicates that “I have no more care to give.” As in “I don’t care at all.”

The correct expression is “I couldn’t care less.”

Incorrect:

He knew that the company was closing its doors, but he could care less.

Correct:

He couldn’t care less that his neighbors were moving. He never liked them anyway.

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