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    Default As concerns the matter

    Hello!

    I would like to ask about a sentence:
    "As concerns the matter, I don't want to say a word."

    I am confused about the first sentence.
    Is "as" subject?
    Is "concerns" verb?
    And does "as" have the function of conjunction?
    Can I write it as " As it concerns the matter, I don't want to say a word."


    Thanks!

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    Default Re: As concerns the matter

    A more natural way to say this would be

    'I don't want to say a word about this matter.'

    If you want an analysis of your original sentence, please post it in the Analysing and Diagramming Sentences forum.

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    Default Re: As concerns the matter

    Thanks, I have moved it here. :)

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    Default Re: As concerns the matter

    I would suggest amending to more standard

    Concerning the matter,...

    where 'concerning' functions as a preposition.

    I would rate the phrase 'As concerns' marginally acceptable at best (possibly some kind of fashionable business-speak), and 'as it concerns' simply ungrammatical.

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    Thumbs down Re: As concerns the matter

    This is obviously Chinglish, English in Chinese grammar.

    You can change to
    a. As the matter is concerned, (or better version, As far as the matter is concerned)
    or
    b. As concerning the matter,

    But either way, it's still Chinglish, only grammatically correct in English.
    'I don't want to say a word about this matter' is totally correct and natural.
    I urge you to learn and speak natural English, instead of 'inventing' or making up more Chinglish.

    If that's from your teacher, ask him/her to improve his/her English.

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    Default Re: As concerns the matter

    Quote Originally Posted by mm6ff8 View Post
    You can change to
    a. As the matter is concerned, (or better version, As far as the matter is concerned)
    or
    b. As concerning the matter,
    Neither of the phrases I have coloured red is natural. The other one, even if we change 'the' to 'this/that', is unnecessarily wordy.
    I urge you to learn and speak natural English, instead of 'inventing' or making up more Chinglish.
    That's easier said than done. People ask questions in this forum precisely because their English is not proficient yet.
    If that's from your teacher, ask him/her to improve his/her English.
    I recommend that hotapplepie does not act in this abrasive manner.

    Please note this extract from the forum rules, mm6ff8:

    You are welcome to reply to any of the questions posted in the Ask a Teacher Forum, even if you are not a teacher. In fact, your answers and contributions are most welcome. However, you will need to state clearly in your post that you are not teacher. Please remember, the person whose questions you are answering or whose thread you are contributing ideas to believes the help is coming from a teacher.
    Last edited by 5jj; 25-Sep-2013 at 08:33.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: As concerns the matter

    Delighted to learn what Chinglish means. We have had a question or two from Chinese academics about Chinglish. I engaged in private correspondence with one questioner, but did not succeed in learning what she meant by Chinglish.


    Quote Originally Posted by mm6ff8 View Post
    This is obviously Chinglish, English in Chinese grammar.

    You can change to
    a. As the matter is concerned, (or better version, As far as the matter is concerned)
    or
    b. As concerning the matter,

    But either way, it's still Chinglish, only grammatically correct in English.
    'I don't want to say a word about this matter' is totally correct and natural.
    I urge you to learn and speak natural English, instead of 'inventing' or making up more Chinglish.

    If that's from your teacher, ask him/her to improve his/her English.

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