This week on Watch Your Grammar – “Rainy” and “I couldn’t care less”

Hello. You’re welcome to another week on Watch Your Grammar, your guide to correct grammar with Gird Center. Did you watch your grammar in the course of the week while handing in your CV to your potential employer?  We sure hope you did.

 In the past week, we have had three lessons on different topics. Our first lesson was on the proper use of ‘RAINY SEASON’. We learned that in proper usage, ‘RAINY season’ is more accurate than ‘RAINING’ season. Here’s how you can tell that you’re saying the right thing: ‘RAINY’ is an adjective that describes ‘season’. ‘RAINING’ however, is a verb. E.g., ‘it’s raining over here’. Always remember that it’s the ‘RAINY SEASON’ not the ‘RAINING SEASON’.

Our second lesson was on how much we care, or not. If someone calls you on your phone and tells you he lost all his money in a lottery, you tell him “I couldn’t care less” if you have zero concerns about his bankruptcy. Some people use “I COULD CARE LESS” as they would “I COULDN’T CARE LESS”.  Remember that ‘I COULD CARE LESS’ and ‘I COULDN’T CARE LESS’ are direct opposites; they cannot be used interchangeably. Here’s a hint, keep in mind that ‘I could care less’ means YOU REALLY DO CARE, hence the need to care ‘less’ than you presently do.

So what do you say when I tell you that I’m going to set all my clothes on fire? “I COULDN’T CARE LESS WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR OWN CLOTHES” or “I COULD CARE LESS WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR OWN CLOTHES”? The answer is definitely the former.

That’s all for this week’s session of Watch Your Grammar; until next week, do watch your grammar!

Don’t hesitate to send us your questions and your contributions.  We’d love to hear from you. Watch Your Grammar.

Gird Center


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