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    #1

    I am worried \ I worry

    Hello, I have 2 sentences. Both of them are form Longman dictionary.

    1. I'm really worried about my brother.
    2. I worry about my brother.

    What are differences between them?
    Please, show me every single one of my mistakes. Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: I am worried \ I worry

    The first one suggests you are worried right now. He is missing, or he is in some sort of bad situation.
    The second one suggests you worry on an on-going basis. He is having ongoing issues, lives in a bad area, is doing dangerous work, etc.
    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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    #3

    Re: I am worried \ I worry

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The first one suggests you are worried right now. He is missing, or he is in some sort of bad situation.
    The second one suggests you worry on an on-going basis. He is having ongoing issues, lives in a bad area, is doing dangerous work, etc.
    Thank you for your explanation. However, I am quite confused. Why don't we use the present continuous form of the verb "worry", which is "worrying", in the first sentence? Are there any differences between the following sentences?
    1. I'm really worried about my brother.
    2. I'm really worrying about my brother.
    Last edited by NortT; 08-Dec-2014 at 06:27.
    Please, show me every single one of my mistakes. Thank you.

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    Re: I am worried \ I worry

    #1 is more colloquial. It tells you how I feel – not what I am doing.

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