Grammar Patterns

N as to wh

The 'idea' group

These nouns refer to ideas, feelings, and thought processes.
There seems to be general agreement as to where Lynette went that night.
The problem lay in physicians' beliefs as to what caused disease.
There is some confusion as to when she was born, but the correct date is the 7th of July, 1920.
There was never much doubt as to what the outcome of the match would be.
I would awaken in the morning without any idea as to where I would sleep that night.
It must enable parents to express a preference as to the school they wish their child to attend.
There is now intense speculation as to which record company will handle Jimi's music.
In Stockholm, there is a conspiracy theory as to why the Nobel Prize never went to Graham Greene.
There has always been some uncertainty as to what exactly he said.
With nouns referring to ideas or uncertainty, 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.
He appeared to be in some doubt as to what to do.
With most nouns in this group, the preposition as to is occasionally followed by a noun group.
We may need to reconsider our views as to the suitability of different jobs for different people.
  • agreement
  • anxiety
  • assessment
  • assumption
  • calculation
  • certainty
  • commitment
  • concern
  • conclusion
  • confusion
  • conjecture
  • consensus
  • consideration
  • curiosity
  • decision
  • determination
  • disagreement
  • doubt
  • estimate
  • hypothesis
  • idea
  • ignorance
  • illusions
  • indifference
  • inkling
  • interpretation
  • judgement
  • knowledge
  • misunderstanding
  • notion
  • opinion
  • panic
  • plan
  • preference
  • reservations
  • scepticism
  • speculation
  • suspicion
  • theory
  • thought
  • uncertainty
  • view
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