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    Hi there,

    Is it correct to use 'worry at' here? I think 'worry about' is more appropriate, am I right?

    The police officer show off a counterfeit police jacket. Officials are worried at the amount of equipment that is circulating and have deep concerns that the gear will be used for crimes.

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    Default Re: worry

    "About" is probably better, but "at"' is understandable.

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    Hi there,

    I have checked the meaning of 'worry at' which means: to keep trying to find a way of solving a problem.

    According to the meaning, it doesn't fit the context. So I think 'worry about' is more appropriate. What do you think?

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    Default Re: worry

    Simon, with all respect, when a native speaker answers you as Dave has done, he's given his answer. Your coming back to say that you don't think it's suitable won't change his answer.

    It's an answer I agree with.

    It's not the same as the phrasal verb "worry at."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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