1 Concern (a worry about something)
Use the correct form of these verbs:
- Many doctors have __________ deep concern about the safety of this new drug.
- The build-up of enemy troops on the country’s southern border is __________ great concern.
- I__________ your concern, but don’t worry – I’m all right. I know what I’m doing.
- Public concern is __________ over the number of children who leave school without any kind of formal qualification.
- The headmaster and the staff __________ your concern about what happened on the trip to the zoo. We must make sure something like this never happens again.
- Our concern for the safety of the children must__________ all other concerns.
2 Focus on prepositions
Complete the sentences with these prepositions:
over for of with
- We view the situation developing in the Middle East__________ grave concern.
- The little girl hasn’t been seen for two days and there is now growing concern__________ her safety.
- The availability of drugs in schools is__________ great concern to parents.
- There is widespread concern __________ rising crime rates in our cities.
3 Concern (an important thing)
Match the halves below:
- As a CEO my major concern is
- As aid workers, our overriding concern is
- The Chancellor’s primary concern is
- This hospital’s main concern is
a to improve the quality of care to our patients.
b to reduce inflation and improve the economy.
c to make this company more efficient.
d to care for the hungry and the homeless.
Now underline the adjectives which mean ‘most important’.
1. In l-l you can also use raise or voice. Other verbs used with concern are brush aside and reject:
The airline brushed aside concerns about the safety of its ageing fleet of planes.
2. Notice these expressions:
My private life is no concern of yours.
Your private life is of no concern to me.
I’d keep out of this argument if I were you. It’s a family matter and it’s none of your concern.
3. Note the following:
I was surprised and angered by his lack of concern for his sick mother.
You’ve been given the all-clear. The test results were negative, so there’s no cause for concern.
In his speech, he said that global pollution should be a matter of concern to us all.
4. Note how we express doubt about something:
My only concern about Beckham is whether he’ll be fit to play on Saturday.
5. If we want to talk about our main concern, we can use sole or only:
The safety of the hostages is our sole concern.
Our only concern is for the safety of the hostages.
- expressed 2. causing 3. appreciate 4.growing 5. share 6. override
l. with 2. for 3. of. 4. over
l-c 2-d 3-b 4-a
most important = major, overriding, primary, main
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