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I am looking for the difference meaning between 'I don´t care' and 'I don´t mind'

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They are almost synonymous, and are sometimes used that way, but they have slightly different connotations.

  • I don't care = I'm apathetic or it doesn't matter to me
  • I don't mind = I care, but I don't object
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  • It's actually very difficult to think of a context where you'd use non-negated "mind" to mean be bothered by. Unless it's negated, it usually means pay attention to [the step, your manners, what you say, etc.] Sep 11, 2014 at 23:12
  • @Fumble Except in questions and replies. A:“Do you mind if I smoke?” – B: “No, I don't mind.” C: “Well, I mind, so please don't.” Sep 11, 2014 at 23:21
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I don't care means 'It doesn't matter to me'.

Mary: Can I take these papers away?

Tom: I don't care

However I don't mind means that 'we are allowing it to happen'.

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