concern / concerned / concerning

If you say someone is concerned, it means that person is worried:

  • I’m concerned about my son – he’s not getting good grades in school.
  • I live in a big city, and my mother is concerned for my safety.
  • We’re concerned that we won’t be able to finish the project in time.

    You can also say “it concerns me” to talk about something that worries you:

  • I’ve had a stomachache for the past three days. It’s starting to concern me.
  • It concerns me that the teachers don’t seem interested in helping the students.

    The noun concern means “a worry”:

  • Sheila is going to marry an ex-convict. Her father has deep concerns about the relationship.
  • There is growing concern that the country’s economy may enter into a recession.
  • I have a few concerns about this contract – it doesn’t seem like a good deal.

    The word concerning means something completely different – it means “relating to” or “about.”

  • Please visit your local bank for more information concerning your account. “Concerning” is a bit formal – in everyday English we typically use “about”:
  • Formal: There were a number of questions concerning the new program.
  • Informal: There were a number of questions about the new program.

    When concerned is used as a past participle (after the subject), it means “involved” or “affected”:

  • There was a big fight at the bar. The police talked with everyone concerned. (Everyone involved in the incident)
  • After a defect was discovered in the manufacturing process, the products concerned were recalled. (The products affected by the defective process)