1) Care about or Care for

We use care about or care for to talk about feeling affection for someone.


- If you really cared about/for me, you wouldn’t spend so much time away from home.

- Jim and Ann are always together. They seem to care about/for each other a lot.

ç Care about: We use care about to talk about something we are (not) concerned about.


- Frank cared about his clothes more than anything else.

- He doesn’t seem to care about the effect smoking has on him.

ç Care for: We use care for to say that we look after someone or something and keep them in good health or condition. We can use take care of in the same way.


- Jean cared for her disabled mother until her death last year. (or Jean took care of…)

- You need to consider how easy it will be to care for the garden. (or …to take care of)

NOTE 1: We also use care for to mean ‘like’, particularly in negative sentences, and to mean ‘want’ in offers. Both these uses of care for are rather formal.


- I don’t care for the theater much.

- Would you care for a cup of coffee?

NOTE 2: We use care without preposition before how, if, what, when, etc. to mean that something is (not) considered important or significant.


- I must buy it. I don’t care how much it costs.

- He often walks along the street singing loudly. He doesn’t seem to care who is around.

- I don’t care if you’re busy. I need the car today!

2) Shout at and Shout to

ç You shout at someone because you are angry with them.

Example: Don’t shout at me, I’m doing my best!

ç You shout to someone who is a long way from you so that they can hear.

Example: The taxi driver shouted to someone across the street. ‘Is the station near here?’

3) Point at and Point to

ç We use point something at when we aim a knife, camera, finger, etc. in a particular direction.

Example: She pointed the knife at me and started to laugh.

ç We use point to when we say that a particular fact suggests that something else is true or will happen.

Example: The increase in house prices points to an upturn in the economy.

NOTE: When you point at or point to something, you show where something is by holding out your finger (we can also use point towards).

Example: The food’s over there, said Toni, pointing at/to/towards the corner of the room.

4) Throw at and Throw to

ç We throw something at something or someone to try to hit them.

Example: A monkey was sitting in the tree, throwing nuts at anyone who walked past.

ç We throw something to someone for them to catch it.

Example: Fletcher picked up the ball and threw it back to the goalkeeper.

5) Wonder about and Wonder at

ç If we wonder about doing something, we think about doing it in the future, or say that we want to know about something or someone.


- I’ve been wondering about visiting Lynn.

- John has looked tired recently, and I’ve started to wonder about his health.

ç If we wonder at something, we say that we are surprised at it or impressed by it. This is literary use.

Example: The children had their faces pressed to the glass of the cage, wondering at the tigers they could see only inches away on the other side.