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    Unhappy about followed by that clauses

    Hello?

    I have been learning English for a couple of years and I have a question to ask.
    I learned that prepositions should be followed by noun phrases, gerunds, clauses with "whether" or interogatives.
    But is it okay if I put "that clauses" after prepositions?

    For example,
    1) I'm worried about the replacement of A by B.
    2) I'm worried about whether B replaces A.
    3) I'm worried about A being replaced by B.
    4) I'm worried about what might replace A.
    5) I'm worried about that B would replace A.

    In the term of grammar, I think 5) doesn't seem okay, but I have found so many examples using this pattern through "Google."

    I'm really curious but in trouble. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: about followed by that clauses

    Welcome to the forum, kittenoh.

    The first four sentences are fine; the fifth is not. You could say, "I'm worried that B will/would/might/etc replace A"

    There's a lot of strange English on the internet.

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    Re: about followed by that clauses

    Thanks a lot. Your comment helped me.
    There are too many examples using the no. 5 pattern on the Internet, though.

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    Re: about followed by that clauses

    Could you post a couple? It's possible that the "that" you see doesn't mean what you think it does.

    A golfer, talking about a course we are both familiar with: I'm worried about that dogleg on the 14th hole. I ended up four over par on that hole last time.

    A woman talking to her friend about street they both know: I'm worried about that left turn across three lanes of traffic. We may sit there for ten minutes. Maybe we should take another route.
    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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