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Is "give a care" a more formal version of "give a damn"?
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Give a damn - is phrase typically used in a negative context, i.e. I don't give a damn what you do from now on. We are done!

Give a care - is not used as a natural phrase. "Care" is a non-countable noun; thus, "a care" is grammatically incorrect.
So I cannot say "I don't give a care about that"?
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SheltieBitesIs "give a care" a more formal version of "give a damn"?
I would say it's a more polite version of "(not) give a damn" or any other stronger expressions of indifference. It doesn't seem as rude as "give a damn".
dimsumexpressGive a care - is not used as a natural phrase. "Care" is a non-countable noun; thus, "a care" is grammatically incorrect.
Such informal expressions hardly ever follow any rules of grammar or logic. I wouldn't go as far as trying to analyze them from that viewpoint.
That's correct. You cannot say "I don't give a care about that."
"I don't care about that" would be correct.
I have never heard the expression "give a care."
Hello! SheltieBites,

If you want to be polite while saying that you don't care about something/someone, use this.

"I am not concerned about/with something/someone"

Here, I'll write a quote as an example.

"I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me...All I ask is that you respect me as a human being"-----Jackie Robinson.

Hope this helps.
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JohnParisYou cannot say "I don't give a care about that."
JohnParisI have never heard the expression "give a care."
My sentiment exactly! Informal or otherwise, from a pure English point of view"... don't give a care" just sounds off to my ear.
The phrase may be strange to some of us, but it produces over 1.3 million Google hits, including these, which all look reputable:

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http://www.meunltd.org/index.php/give-a-care /
http://www.tsrocks.com/y/you_say_party_we_say_die_texts/like_i_give_a_care.html

It is probably a regional English phrase.
It's actually more about the pattern, not the word used (which entirely depends on the speaker's creativity).

More expressions following the pattern "I don't give a...":

I don't give a toss.
I don't give a rip.
I don't give a fig.
I don't give a darn.
I don't give a dang.
I don't give a hang.
I don't give a hoot.
I don't give a tinker's cuss.

I don't give a monkey's.
I don't give a rat's ass. (vulgar)

I don't give a sh*t. (vulgar)

I don't give a cr*p. (vulgar)
I don't give a f*ck. (vulgar)

I don't give a flying f*ck. (vulgar)
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