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    concern about

    "German philosopher Hegel once said: A nation is hopeless unless it has people who concern about and look up the stars in space."

    The above sentence is from the Internet.

    But I doubt whether the sentence is naturally written. Is "concern about" used correctly?

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    Re: concern about

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    "GermanphilosopherHegeloncesaid: Anation is hopelessunless ithaspeople whoconcern aboutand look up the stars in space."

    The above sentence is from the Internet.

    But I doubt whether the sentence is naturally written. Is "concern about" used correctly?

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    Jason
    No, it's not natural. I'd say it's a poor translation from German. (not a speaker of German)

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    Re: concern about

    What is a natural version?

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    Re: concern about

    I don't know. My guess is that he was saying that people should pay attention to things that are bigger/more important than they are.

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    Re: concern about

    If you can find the quote in German, you could post it in the Other Languages section of the forum and see what a German speaker makes of it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: concern about

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    "German philosopher Hegel once said: A nation is hopeless unless it has people who concern about and look up the stars in space."

    Keeping as close to these words as possibe: ... unless it has people who are concerned about, and look up at, the stars.

    The commas on either side of "and look up at" are optional and used them as a matter of style.

    I tried of find any trace of this quote on the Internet. It appears Kant had an interest in the stars. I wonder about the source of your quote.


    Note: This post has been edited to fix a preposition that was a poor choice, as pointed out in the following post.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 07-Apr-2014 at 18:20.
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    Re: concern about

    In BrE, "... people who are concerned about, and look up at, the stars" would be more natural. "To look up to" is usually used to denote respect.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: concern about

    Yes, I totally agree with you and can only attribute my "to" to a brain cramp. I will edit with appropriate clarification.
    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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    Re: concern about

    Maybe "concern themselves with"?

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