concerning (adjective)

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concerning (adjective)

Post by Erik_Kowal » Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:31 am

If '[is] concerning' sounds alien to you, Ken, does the phrase 'causes concern' (which to me means more or less the same thing) sound equally strange?
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concerning (adjective)

Post by russcable » Fri Oct 05, 2007 3:55 pm

Doesn't sound odd to my US ears.

Timmy the Dog was in the Famous Five.
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concerning (adjective)

Post by Ken Greenwald » Sat Oct 06, 2007 5:54 am

Erik, “Causes concern” sounds fine to me because here ‘concern’ is used as a noun. It is the adjective ‘concerning’ that sounds odd to me, which seems to be consistent with the many dictionaries which either list the participle adjective as being ‘archaic’ (e.g. Merriam-Webster's Unabridged Dictionary) or don't list it at all (Merriam-Webster Online, Random House Unabridged Dictionary, American Heritage Dictionary, Encarta, Compact Oxford English Dictionary, Wiktionary.
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Re: concerning (adjective)

Post by WallyJr » Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:30 pm

Thanks for the great explanation of "is concerning." I hear Erin Burnett of CNBC use it frequently and it has always annoyed me. Now I will cut her some slack.

Thanks again.
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Re: concerning (adjective)

Post by Shelley » Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:29 pm

Cut her some jacket while you're at it, WallyJr. ;^)
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