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.
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)
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.