He is deeply concerned for vulnerable children.

Is this correct? Or is there a better preposition to use instead of for? What exactly does this phrase mean?

What about "He is deeply concerned with vulnerable children"?

  • Concerned is usually followed by "about" although "with" and "on" are also grammatically correct (and "in" with a different meaning). Regarding "for" I'm not sure but you can check the usage diagram at goo.gl/3qHfP... Sep 13, 2011 at 18:54

2 Answers 2


There is a few variation to be used with to be concerned.

One can be concerned with something. This would have a meaning similar of to deal with

I am concerned with daily maintenance of our machines.

One can be concerned about something/someone. This would be the preposition which could be use in your case, but it would give it a meaning of caring about.

He is deeply concerned about vulnerable children

Of course, for seems to be used, although I rarely heard it (which is in no way an indication of the frequency it could be found), it is used.

EDIT: See Dan Ray's answer for a use with the for preposition.


To have a concern for something means there is something your attention is on, something you're committed to. I have a concern for my boss's satisfaction with my performance, the amount of time I spend on Stack Exchange sites notwithstanding.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.