Concerned with vs. concerned about

In several talks at this week’s conference, I heard the speaker say “concerned about” instead of “concerned with”. The difference in meaning is quite dramatic. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “concerned about” means “worried and feeling concern about something“, whereas “concerned with” means “interested in something“. Hence, when you say you are concerned about a certain topic of research, you risk confusing your audience. For another dangerous confusion of prepositions, see this post.

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2 thoughts on “Concerned with vs. concerned about

  1. I love your blog, because it’s not only informative but also quite entertaining. As it made me smile this morning my “Blue Monday” isn’t blue anymore.
    Thank you very much.

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