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    Are you worried

    Are you worried about them?

    Are you worried for them?

    Do these sentences convey the same meaning? Are "about" and "for" interchangeable in these sentences?

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    Re: Are you worried

    If you are worried about somebody you are seriously concerned about their welfare.

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    Re: Are you worried

    If you are worried about them, you could mean that they may pose a threat, or that they may be in danger. On the other hand, if you are worried for them, you can only mean that they may be in danger. So the meaning may be the same or may differ, and more context is needed in order to decide.

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    Re: Are you worried

    I don"t think "about" and "for" are interchangeable there.

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    Re: Are you worried

    To be worried "for" somebody may be BrE rather than AmE.

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