みなさんこんにちは。本日は、care for とcare aboutについて。実はこの表現私がかつて見ていたフルハウスの中でステフが長女に使い方を間違えて直されていた表現なんですね。もちろんステフの役を演じている本人はあの年でもう簡単に分かっていたと思いますが、外国人の子どももこういう表現を間違えることもあるんだなぁと妙に納得したものです。
Please tell me the difference of care for and care of and care about.
Hello! I’d be happy to help. “Care for,” “care of,” and “care about” are all English phrases related to the concept of care, but they are used in different contexts and have somewhat distinct meanings. Let’s delve into each of them:
- Care for:
- Meaning: This can mean to provide for someone’s needs or to feel affection or love for someone or something.
- “I’ll care for your pets while you’re on vacation.” (This implies taking responsibility for the pets’ needs.)
- “I really care for her.” (This implies affection or love.)
- Care of:
- Meaning: This phrase is often used in addressing letters or packages, indicating the person through whom the letter/package is being sent or at whose address the recipient can be contacted.
- “Please send the letter to John Doe, care of ABC Corporation.” (This means that the letter should be sent to ABC Corporation, but it’s intended for John Doe.)
- It can also occasionally mean to be under the protection or responsibility of someone.
- “The children are under the care of their grandparents.”
- Care about:
- Meaning: To be concerned about or to have an interest in something or someone. This is about emotional investment or concern.
- “I really care about the environment.” (This implies concern for the well-being of the environment.)
- “She cares about her students’ success.” (This indicates the teacher’s emotional investment in her students.)
- Care for: Provide needs or feel affection for.
- Care of: Indicates a medium or channel (often in addresses) or responsibility/protection.
- Care about: Concern or interest in someone or something.
I hope that clarifies things for you!
Please give me more and more examples！！
Of course! Let’s dive deeper with more examples for each:
- Providing Needs:
- “I can care for your plants while you’re away.”
- “She has experience caring for elderly patients.”
- “We hired a nurse to care for my grandfather at home.”
- Feeling Affection:
- “I never realized how much I cared for him until he moved away.”
- “Do you think he cares for her the way she does for him?”
- “It’s evident she cares for her students deeply.”
- “You can return the product to Mr. Smith, care of XYZ Company.”
- “I received a mysterious package, addressed to me care of my office.”
- “The artifact is now under the care of the national museum.”
- “These documents will be under the care of the archivist.”
- Concern or Interest:
- “Why don’t you care about my feelings?”
- “Politicians should care about the opinions of their constituents.”
- “Many young people care about social justice issues.”
- “It’s frustrating when he doesn’t seem to care about the details.”
- “She cares about making a difference in the community.”
- “Do you care about the outcome of this game?”
Remember, the context in which these phrases are used can often provide clues to their intended meanings.
care for が好意であり、care aboutが心配と考えれば間違いないようですね。そして、care of は単に責任の所在を述べる表現であり、名詞としての用例が多いのは当たり前かもしれません。