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    #1

    Complain about/of a problem

    I know that when we are talking about illnesses, complain is followed by of: She complains of headaches.
    When we're talking about a problem, we use about: She complained about the lack of discipline in her class.

    Am I right in describing this tendency? Are there many exceptions to this "rule"?
    Last edited by englishhobby; 06-Sep-2014 at 18:55.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Complain about/of a problem

    You are right. Keep in mind that they are tendencies​; there is some overlap.

    I can't think of any exceptions just now.

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