As you know, I have a Jack Russell Terrier named Happy. She is just turned 12 years old, with makes her about 65 human years old. It is hard to imagine that I have been caring for her for this long. Where does the time go? Since it’s the summer, I need to take extra care that she has enough water. I worry that she will get to exhausted if she goes outside, so I try to keep her inside as much as I can. Caring for an animal is hard work, but I don’t mind doing it.
Today we will look at two words which are often confused in English – Care & Worry. Do you know how to use these words? Take a look at the paragraph above and then check out today’s lesson:
Care is a verb and it is used to show a certain feelings like affection and concern. It is also used when we want to show that something is important to us. Finally, care is used when we talk about living things, making sure that they have food, water, etc. Here are some examples:
You can use care for or care about + a person. Here, care for/about means feel affection.
- Joe really cares for Linda. I think they will get married.
- Don’t you care about her anymore?
You can use care about + a situation or circumstances. Here, care about means feel concern.
- We need to care about the environment, so don’t litter!
- I don’t think Joe cares about how he dresses.
Here, care about means have feelings that something is important.
- I don’t think Jane cares about her job any more
- Do you care about learning English?
You can use care for + living thing Here, care about means looking after [living thing’s] needs
- Caring for an animal is hard work.
- Angela is caring for her 95 year old grandmother.
- Jane cares for her garden as much as she cares for her kids!
In more formal speaking, care for is also used when we offer food and drink, and when we talk about food or drink we don’t like. Care for is not used to show preference for a food or drink
- Would you care for a cool glass of iced-tea?
- I don’t really care for beer. I prefer wine.
- I like red wine. Not, I care for red wine.
Worry is a verb and it is used to show a certain feelings of anxiety, unease, or concern for difficult or negative situations. We generally use worry + about + person/thing/situation. Here are some examples:
- I am worried about passing the exam tomorrow. I need to study more.
- Sam is always worrying about money, even though he has a good job.
- We are all worrying about the economy these days.
- Jane is worrying about her son who just joined the army.
Care vs worry
Note the differences between care and worry in these examples:
- I care about Jane very much. This means I have strong feelings of love and affection for Jane.
- I worry about Jane very much. This means I have strong feelings of anxiety for Jane. Perhaps she is sick or going through a difficult time in her life.
- I care about passing the exam. Passing the exam is important to me.
- I worry about passing the exam. I am concerned that I may not pass the exam.
Well, please don’t worry if you don’t understand this lesson the first time you read it. Check it once more and I am sure you’ll have nothing to worry about. Thanks for studying today. I care about your progress in English!