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    is this sentence right

    Hi there,

    I just would like to know if the following sentence is correct

    "People should worry for themselves and not for other people"

    Thanks

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    Re: is this sentence right

    Quote Originally Posted by silviasabater_2000 View Post
    Hi there,

    I just would like to know if the following sentence is correct

    "People should worry for themselves and not for other people"

    Thanks
    Yup, it's fine, Silvia.

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    Re: is this sentence right

    Say:
    People should worry about themselves and not about other people.

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    Re: is this sentence right

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    Say:
    People should worry about themselves and not about other people.

    "People should worry for themselves and not for other people"

    You may well be right about Silvia's intent, Ron, but the two sentences have different meanings.

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    Re: is this sentence right

    Admittedly, I haven't done much research into it, but in the few instances of "worry for" that I have seen "worry" is a noun and not a verb.
    Wired News: Source of Worry for Microsoft
    Source of Worry for Microsoft

    With more than $32 billion in sales last year, Microsoft doesn't usually worry about losing one customer.


    InfoWorld Tech Watch | InfoWorld | Oracle move a worry for Red Hat | October 25, 2006 03:24 PM | By Neil McAllister
    Oracle move a worry for Red Hat

    Don't call it Oracle Linux! The database vendor won't be packaging its own distribution of the open source OS, but Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced at Oracle OpenWorld this afternoon that his company will be offering full support for Linux under a new "Unbreakable Linux" campaign.

    Chicago Tribune news | Registration
    New worry for Sox fans: Handling life at the top

    There will be nothing more to worry about for South Siders who have made worrying as involuntary as blinking.


    Salt Lake Tribune - College merger spells worry for tech schools
    College merger spells worry for tech schools

    The College of Eastern Utah soon will merge with the Southeast Applied Technology College, much to the ire of many technology college stakeholders.


    MiamiHerald.com | 11/10/2006 | Shootout drought a worry for Panthers
    Shootout drought a worry for Panthers

    Wushu: Ankle injury a worry for Eng Chong
    Wushu: Ankle injury a worry for Eng Chong

    Macular Degeneration a Worry for Aging Americans - AOL News
    Macular Degeneration a Worry for Aging Americans

    Corruption a Worry for 75% of Global Citizens: Angus Reid Global Monitor
    Corruption a Worry for 75% of Global Citizens
    I did find one instance of "worry for" in which "worry" is used as a noun, thus:
    Q&A: Benazir Bhutto on Pakistan's Future - Newsweek: World News - MSNBC.com
    ‘I Worry for Pakistan’s Future’
    After a decade in exile, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto is itching to get back into politics—and fearful of militant Islam’s growing influence.
    ~R

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    Re: is this sentence right

    Google has a number of examples of 'worry for themselves'

    Results 1 - 10 of about 93 English pages for "worry for themselves"

    But again, the meaning is different.

    "Don't worry for me" allows us to say "Allow me to do my own worrying about my own problems".

    Changing it to 'about' doesn't allow us that potential meaning.

    I think that you'd agree that a greater volume of use for one collocation over another doesn't preclude the availablilty of the less common one.

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    Re: is this sentence right

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    I did find one instance of "worry for" in which "worry" is used as a noun, thus:
    ‘I Worry for Pakistan’s Future’

    After a decade in exile, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto is itching to get back into politics—and fearful of militant Islam’s growing influence.
    ~R
    I meant to say that "worry" is used as a verb there.

    ~R

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