Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) used when something interests you or causes anxiety or worry, or when drawing attention to a specific matter or issue
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    • concerning behaviour/actions/words
  • Analysis

    As an adjective, something which 'concerns you' or is ‘concerning’  describes something which causes you to worry or spend time thinking about it. You could have a ‘concerning problem’ or a ‘concerning situation’, for example. You might respond to some news or an update with ‘that is very concerning’. As a verb something upsetting or unusual might 'concern you' or worry you. You can use these words in any context, social or professional.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The child's behaviour in school was concerning for her parents.
    2. The increase in violent crime was concerning for the city's mayor.
    3. Stay out of this argument. It doesn't concern you!
    4. As far as I'm concerned, this has nothing to do with me. You can deal with it yourself.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. You should be working, and not talking. Your problems at home are not my concern!
    2. So, as far as redundancies are concerned, we need to decide who to let go from the job.
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2) used to indicate the focus of conversation or sentence
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    • talk to sb concerning sth
  • Analysis
    If we say something such as a letter or an email is concerning something else, it means it is about that subject. For example, a school might send a letter to parents ‘concerning’ their son or daughter, or you could attend an event ‘concerning’ the environment. If something 'concerns something else it is related to your interest or involvement in something 'as far as I'm concerned', or 'as far as that (matter) is concerned'. Someone might tell you that something 'doesn't concern you' to let you know that it is none of your business and you shouldn't interfere. You can use these words in any context, social or professional. This use as a verb is usually found in professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I'd like to talk to you concerning your recent application.
    2. I didn't know why the manager wanted to talk to me until he said it was concerning my recent absences.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. This meeting is concerning the merging of the company in the coming months.
    2. I'd love to speak with you concerning the change of direction you wish to make with the project.
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