1. about a subject or person
Toby talks about you all the time.
This leaflet should answer all the questions you have about switching to digital TV.
I'm reading a really good book at the moment – it's about the French Revolution.
What's all the fuss about?
about what/how/where etc
I've been thinking about what you said, and I've decided that you are right.
about a particular subject:
Lucia Piatti has written several books on the subject.
advice/opinions/ideas etc on
If you want any advice on where to stay, Jan Should be able to help you.
His views on women are really old-fashioned.
on what/how/where etc
Do you have any idea on where to eat tonight?
book/programme/film etc on
A book on 19th century English Literature.
A Lecture on Native American customers and folklore.
Did you see that programme on South Africa last night.
formal about something or someone – use this especially to talk about information, idea, or questions:
- For any details concerning a particular country you should check with the embassy.
- Richard was called in by the police to answer questions concerning the disappearance of Thomas Ripley.
- If you have any questions regarding any of our services. please feel free to call me.
- Thank you for your letter regarding the annual subscription to the magazine.
on the subject of
if you talk or write on the subject of someone or something, you talk or write about them:
Marie said nothing at all on the subject of Bertram.
while we're on the subject = used when you are talking about a subject and want to say more about it
While we're on the subject of money, do you have that $10 you owe me?
used in short business letters, messages etc:
- Re planning meeting on Friday, please bring sales figures.
- To: John Deacon. From: Maria Soames. Re: computer system
with regards to
used especially to introduce a subject that you want to talk about in a speech, formal report, meeting etc:
- With regard to the proposed new shopping mall, I would like to add a few remarks to those of the previous speaker.
- With regard to your letter concerning my January payment, this matter has now been settled.
use this in e-mails to introduce the subject you want to talk about. Wrt is an abbreviation of ‘with regard to’:
- Wrt your looking out for a new computer, I saw a good offer in the paper yesterday.
- I’ll be contacting Jean tomorrow wrt the Christmas party – is there anything you’d like me to suggest to her?
2. to have something as the main subject
- The play is about life in the Deep South in the 1930s.
- What’s tonight’s documentary about?
- Have you ever read ‘Hideous Kinky’? It’s about an English woman and her daughter travelling in Morocco.
deal with/be concerned with
to be about a particular subject, especially a serious one, and examine it carefully and in detail. Deal with is much more common than be concerned with:
- The story deals with the psychological conflicts between mother and son.
- The earliest films made in India dealt with mythological subjects.
- Elton’s books are often concerned with environmental issues.
if a story, report etc concerns someone or something, it is about them and especially about what happens to them:
- Much of the material in her early letters concerns events which happened some years before.
also centre on British /center on American
if something such as a book, article, or discussion focuses on a subject or problem, it is mainly about it and examines it in detail:
- The next chapter will focus on this problem in greater detail.
- A weekly magazine mainly focusing on business-related issues.
- The controversy centred on the question of illegal arms sales.
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