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I've just written the following sentence for my academic essay:

There is no shortage of debate about whether individuals should get advice from friends and family when making life-changing decisions.

In this case, is it possible to substitute the word about, for regarding or concerning, without significantly changing the meaning of the sentence? Which option is more formal?

Cambridge Dictionary gives the following meanings for these three words:

About: on the subject of; connected with;

Concerning: about;

Regarding: in relation to, about;

Thanks in advance.

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  • As part of your research for this question it would be an idea to check the meanings of the three words and then to supply links to your references.
    – Nigel J
    Mar 18 '18 at 15:01
  • @NigelJ, I've included the meanings of these three words on my question, but as you can see, Cambridge Dictionary says that the words Concerning and Regarding are actually synonyms. However, since I am not a native English Speaker, I would like to gain insight on how Americans deal with these words.
    – Caroline
    Mar 18 '18 at 15:50
  • I have added the AmE tag for you.
    – Nigel J
    Mar 18 '18 at 15:56
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I would say that in that usage you could use any of the options and it would work. In this case however, I think that concerning would be the most formal option.

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