Use the word "concern" when an important situation needs attention. It’s similar to the word "worry."

  • I have several concerns regarding this procedure.
  • Todd’s teachers have expressed some concern about his behavior in class.
  • There’s growing concern about the candidacy of Donald Trump among Republicans. They’re already worried that he’s going to lose the election.

In the next set of sentences, the word "concern" is a verb:

  • Your attitude in class concerns us.
  • We’re concerned by your attitude. (This sentence is in the passive voice.)
  • The presence of a nuclear energy plant concerns local residents.

The word "concerned" can function as an adjective.

  • I’m concerned. That’s why I called.
  • Concerned parents gathered at the community meeting to learn more about the closing of a school.
  • Why are you so concerned? (Why are you so worried?)

Sometimes the word "concern" is used when trying to determine a reason or a degree of involvement:

  • We received a letter concerning some changes that are being made to a local park.
  • What does this concern?
  • May I ask you what your call is concerning?
  • This doesn’t concern you. (This doesn’t involve you. Stay out of it.)

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Published July 28, 2016