concern

concern noun.
In the meaning ‘anxiety, worry’, concern is normally followed by about, at, or over, or by a that-clause:

• Concern has been expressed at the manner in which the whole operation has been put together and actioned —Rescue News, 1985

• ‘Big-band’ Mozart; smooth, rich, warm, mellow and played with love and fastidious concern over the tiniest detail —CD Review, 1992

• There was also concern about the spread of the fire to other flats and the supermarket itself —news website, BrE 2005 [OEC]

• The French political establishment publicly expressed concern that one of the country's largest financial institutions might come under Italian control —Business, 2007.

When purpose is involved, a to-infinitive is usual

• (These [approaches] shared a concern to develop the full psychological potential of individual learners —Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language, 2000)

and when the meaning is ‘personal interest or involvement’, it is more often followed by for

• (It is only a shame that this outcome will have been brought about by market forces and legislation rather than by any innate concern for dog welfare —She, 1989).


Modern English usage. 2014.

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