"I do not care for..." is sort of an idiom, some people use it as a less direct way of saying they don't like something.
I don't care for your tone - I don't like the way you're speaking She doesn't care for pop music - she doesn't like pop music very much
They're a way of softening or understating the dislike, so it can be a more polite way of expressing it (like with the second example). The first example is already direct - you can't say that to someone's face without it being confrontational! - but it feels more formal and above the other person, like talking down to a naughty child.
Care is actually a word with a lot of meanings in English - some of them aren't used commonly, but it's worth looking into if you're not already familiar with them.
thanks, that explains a lot. but it also discusses something i find confusing:
For purposes of clarification, the sentence will often begin with a prepositional phrase that clarifies just who the IO pronoun refers to. A él le gusta la silla. He likes the chair. A Juan le gusta la silla. John likes the chair. A ella le gusta la silla. She likes the chair. A María le gusta la silla. Mary likes the chair. A usted le gusta la silla. You (formal) like the chair.
why not just say John likes the chair. why say, A Juan le gusta la silla? why not get over it and do away with the le? why clarify le? shouldn't some kind of transition have occurred where the le was realized to be excessive?
thanks again for the web site.
The short answer is that it's just how Spanish works. You need the IO pronoun in there, it's required. Why does English require adding an auxiliary do verb for practically every negative sentence? She rides the bus / she does not ride the bus. It's just what you have to do!
The slightly longer version is this - the IO pronoun works in a similar way to verbs. You know how you can say something like come la sopa in Spanish, without specifically indicating who is eating? You can rely on context or just leave it ambiguous, and the listener understands that some 3rd person is eating the soup because of the verb's conjugation. If you choose to explicitly identify the person by saying 'Inés come la sopa', you add that information, you don't remove it from the verb. It's like the core, and the extra information is secondary.
In the same way, saying something like le gusta la sopa tells you that some 3rd person likes the soup. If you choose to identify that person with additional information, you still leave the core verb and pronoun - you add to that, you don't change it.
Spanish is much more open about word order than English, and it allows you to put emphasis on verbs, subjects and objects by changing their positions in the sentence. (This is where the personal a comes from by the way - it's a way of marking a person as the object of the sentence, to remove any ambiguity.) Having the IO pronoun stick close to the verb makes it easier to understand what's going on in the sentence, who's doing what to what. And many gustar-style verbs can be used without an indirect object to give a different sense, so requiring the IO pronoun immediately tells you which sense of the verb the sentence is using.
You need to translate this sentence literally to understand. You are not liking something. Something is pleasing to you. So........... " No me gustan tus métodos"literally would be "Your methods are not pleasing to me" "Your methods" is plural. "tus métodos". So..... the verb in Spanish must also be plural "gustan" Put "me" in front of it to mean "to me"
Hola Turgidtom: No, I don't catch the drift. I think some people just get tired of Duo, or have finished the tree, and they just close their account. I am not aware that Duo closes out anybody. Or do you know something about that happening? Gracias. (In this case, I think he/she gave a very good explanation.)
Ok, just making sure! Yeah it's always in the same place, either on the last or second-to-last syllable (following the rule up there). If that rule is ever broken, you have to write an accent over the vowel that the stress falls on.
So if you see an accent, you stress that syllable. If you don't, go with the usual rule!
Haha my bad, I did wonder but I took a look at your avatar and assumed you were a Spanish learner!
It's a robot voice though, so yeah sometimes the pronunciation can get a bit weird, but sometimes it's just hard for a non-Spanish ear to pick out the subtleties - so I just try and encourage people to listen hard and get used to the accent, you know?