Grammar Patterns

N as to wh

The 'advice' group

These nouns refer to things that are spoken or written.
I wanted your advice as to whether I ought to tell the police.
There is much debate as to what causes depression, yet the reasons will differ from person to person.
There's been much discussion as to whether rebuilding the family is a political or a private matter.
'Can you give us any hint as to where she may be?' the young detective asked.
A spokesman said the plane had taken off at 10.40 yesterday morning but could give no indication as to why it had ploughed into the field.
There is no specific information as to whether a peaceful end to the situation is imminent.
I seem to remember giving you very precise instructions as to what the scope of your duties were.
There are conflicting reports as to how many soldiers were inside the camp when the attack began.
With nouns referring to discussions or suggestions, the preposition as to is occasionally followed by a wh-word and a to-infinitive clause. This pattern is N as to wh-to-inf.
There is still considerable debate as to how to assess the body's trace element status.
You may say I am a dreamer but I have a proposal as to how to pay for this extra staffing.
With most nouns in this group, the preposition as to is occasionally followed by a noun group.
Mr Meade was bombarded with questions as to the extent of the threat from both the volcano and the storm.
  • advice
  • announcement
  • answer
  • argument
  • assurances
  • bet
  • comment
  • confirmation
  • consultation
  • debate
  • details
  • directions
  • discussion
  • dispute
  • enquiry
  • excuse
  • explanation
  • finding
  • guidance
  • guidelines
  • hint
  • indication
  • information
  • instructions
  • message
  • prediction
  • proposal
  • query
  • question
  • recommendation
  • regulations
  • reports
  • requirements
  • rules
  • statement
  • suggestion
  • word
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