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I wonder when "care" is used as a verb, what differences are between "care of something/somebody" and "care something/somebody", besides that "care" is used as a v.i. in the first one and v.t. in the second one.

For example:

Money is the least thing I should care (of).

Which one is better here?

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Eh? I'm sorry, but I can't make heads or tails of your question. – Marthaª Mar 15 '12 at 17:10
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In the context you gave, about would be better:

Money is the least thing I should care about.

I agree with cornbreadninja about the word least, though. Last sounds more natural:

Money is the last thing I should care about.

Care of is not used as a verb phrase. Likewise with care. You cannot care of something, and you also cannot care something. A legitimate verb phrase using care of is take care of, which means protect/meet the needs of. Also, as FumbleFingers says below, care of is possible when care is a noun.

As a side note, if you ever see the common phrase care for, bear in mind that its meaning is different from care about, especially when used with a negative.

If you don't care for something, it means you don't like/prefer it.

If you do care for something, it means you take care of it.

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haha you are too fast for me. Yes, but I'll reverse it now! – FumbleFingers Mar 14 '12 at 16:05
Thanks! Why not "care of"? – Tim Mar 14 '12 at 16:06
Mind you, you can care for your ageing relatives, in the sense of "look after". It's only when negated that you get the "be [un]interested in" sense. – FumbleFingers Mar 14 '12 at 16:08
@Tim: You can speak of "care of the elderly", but that's a noun, and has different sense to yours. When you use "care" as a verb, you don't follow it with "of". – FumbleFingers Mar 14 '12 at 16:09

You would want to say

Money is the least thing I should care about.

but this is somewhat clunky. A less clunky version would be Money is the thing about which I care the least or Money is the last thing I care about.

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