Learn the difference between CARE and WORRY

vocabulary Sep 18, 2021

CARE and WORRY are two words in English that have a similar meaning, but they are actually used differently. I know that a lot of English learners get confused by these two words, so for this English lesson, let’s check out how we use CARE and WORRY in Everyday English! 

We use care to show romantic feelings and affection and concern. You can use care for or care about + a person. 

  • Joe really cares for I think they will get married.
  • Don’t you care about her anymore?
  • What a cute couple! They really care for each other.

We also use care to show concern about a situation. You can use care about + a situation or circumstances. 

  • I don’t think Joe cares about how he dresses.
  • Everyone in the company cares about its success.

We use care to show that something is important to us.

  • I don’t think Jane cares about her job any more
  • I know that you care about learning English, that’s why you came to this lesson!
  • We need to care about the environment, so don’t litter!

We also use care for when we talk about looking after a person, a pet, and other living things to make sure they have what they need to live.

  • Angela is caring for her 95 year old grandmother.
  • Caring for an animal is hard work.
  • Jane spends a lot of time on the weekend caring for her garden.

In more formal speaking, care for is also used when we offer food and drink. Would you care for? is a polite way to ask, Do you want?

  • Would you care for a cool glass of iced-tea?
  • Would you care for more potatoes?

We also use care for to talk about preferences, but keep in mind, we generally used care for in a negative sentence to talk about something we don’t like.

  • I don’t care for I prefer wine.
  • I don’t care for blues music.
  • Fred doesn’t care for horror movies, so we can’t go to the cinema with him.

On the other hand, worry is used as a verb to show a certain feelings of anxiety, unease,  or concern for difficult or negative situations. We generally use worry + about + someone or worry + about +  someting. 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 worried about her son who just joined the army.

Care vs worry

Note the differences between care and worry in these examples:

  • care about Jane very much. This means I have strong feelings of love and affection for Jane.
  • 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.
  • care about passing the exam. Passing the exam is important to me.
  • 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!

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