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    Dear teachers,

    Please read the following sentence:

    In fact, there is some question________such a person lived at all.
    a. concerning whether b. as to whether
    I think "be" is correct because concerning cannot be followed by a clause. Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: concerning

    Hello Jiang

    Although "concerning" is indeed a preposition, you do sometimes see "concerning whether". (You could think if it as a short form of "concerning the question of whether".) And "question concerning whether" isn't unknown, as these googles show:

    http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en...ether%22&meta=

    But I'd agree that "as to whether" is the better answer here.

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    Re: concerning


    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.
    However, the structure "concenring whether" is different from " concerning the question of whether", is it?

    Best wishes,

    Jiang

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic
    Hello Jiang

    Although "concerning" is indeed a preposition, you do sometimes see "concerning whether". (You could think if it as a short form of "concerning the question of whether".) And "question concerning whether" isn't unknown, as these googles show:

    http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en...ether%22&meta=

    But I'd agree that "as to whether" is the better answer here.

    MrP

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