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2018.12.14 Issue:‘About’ as a preposition

“About” is a very common word in English. It is used as a preposition and as an adverb. Today, let’s look at how we can use “about” as a preposition.

As a preposition, we usually use “about” to mean “on the subject of” or “concerning.” For example:

・My professor gave a lecture about endangered animals.
・We talked about our plans for the summer holidays.
・I saw an interesting TV show about Mount Fuji.
・Do you know anything about how to set up this computer?

 

There are some words which we tend to use with “about.” However, there are words with similar meanings that do not use “about.
Here are a few examples:

Use “about”:

・We are happy about the results of the test.
・I was worried about my presentation.
・My parents never argue about money.
・The customer complained about the food.
 

Don’t use “about”:

・I am not fond of spicy foods.
・Are you afraid of spiders?
・We never discussed these changes to the schedule.
・The media criticized the president’s new policy.

 

Unfortunately, there is no simple rule to know which words use “about” and which words don’t use “about.” You’ll need to learn them little by little as you improve your English. The most important thing is to use them as much as possible so you can learn to use them correctly.

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