Grammar Patterns

N about n

The 'ideas' group

These nouns refer to feelings, thoughts, opinions, or attitudes.
'They have strong feelings about politics,' we were told.
During the early years of this century, Sigmund Freud began developing his ideas about the childhood causes of mental disturbance.
Small-business executives, too, continued to express pessimism about the economy and its prospects.
With most of these nouns, the preposition about is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
This adds to the company's nervousness about going ahead on its own with such a project.
With some of these nouns, the preposition about is sometimes followed by a noun group and an '-ing' clause. This pattern is N about n -ing.
There must be serious doubts about him going now.
With many of these nouns, especially anxiety, confusion, decision, doubt, ideas, knowledge, opinion, speculation, theory, uncertainty, view, and worry, the preposition about is sometimes followed by a wh-clause.
There are several theories about how the virus damages the body's ability to defend itself.
There is still great uncertainty about how many of the refugees will want to return.
  • alarm
  • ambivalence
  • anxiety
  • apprehension
  • assumption
  • attitude
  • awareness
  • belief
  • certainty
  • complacency
  • concern
  • conclusion (usu plural)
  • confusion
  • cynicism
  • decision
  • deduction
  • doubt
  • dream
  • embarrassment
  • excitement
  • expectations
  • fantasy
  • fear (usu plural)
  • feeling
  • guilt
  • hysteria
  • ideas
  • ignorance
  • illusion
  • inference (usu plural)
  • judgement
  • knowledge
  • misconception
  • misgivings
  • misunderstanding
  • nervousness
  • opinion
  • optimism
  • perception (usu plural)
  • pessimism
  • phobia
  • qualm (usu plural)
  • question
  • regret
  • resentment
  • reservation
  • scepticism
  • scruples
  • second thoughts
  • sensitivity
  • sentiments
  • speculation
  • suspicion
  • theory
  • thoughts
  • uncertainty
  • unease
  • unhappiness
  • view (usu plural)
  • worry (usu plural)
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