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    Hi there. I've been trying to parse this clause: 'what i'm concerned about'. I think that 'I' is the subject, 'am' is the verb and 'concerned about' is the complement ('concerned' is an adjective in this case and 'about' is a post-modifying preposition?) Am I right? if so, then what is 'what'?

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    Hello, K,
    "What" as used means "the thing(s)," and it's the subject.

    The thing I'm concerned about is the poor quality of the water.
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    super! so i got the rest right then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katymot2 View Post
    Hi there. I've been trying to parse this clause: 'what i'm concerned about'. I think that 'I' is the subject, 'am' is the verb and 'concerned about' is the complement ('concerned' is an adjective in this case and 'about' is a post-modifying preposition?) Am I right? if so, then what is 'what'?
    I = subject
    am = verb
    concerned = predicate adjective
    about what = preposional phrase

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    Thanks, that makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katymot2 View Post
    Thanks, that makes sense.
    Great! When you are trying to parse a question, it is helpful to rearrange the word order before parsing it. The same is true with clauses like your example.

    What I am worried about = I am worried about what.
    Whom would you like to see = You would like to see whom.

    That makes life easier.

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