The question is about whether...

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Have you ever used and seen this sentence patten, "The question is about whether S +V..."?

 

For example,  "the question is about whether they will be able to make it or not." I think that "about" is not needed there and it does not sound good to me, but "the question is about nouns" patten is fine. What do you think?

asked Aug 22 '12 at 08:43 Hans Contributor

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About whether is an awkward combination of a preposition and a conjunction. I try to avoid this construction. Eliminating about entirely produces a nice, concise sentence.

 

If you must convey the sense of about in your sentence (putting the emphasis on the nature of the question rather than the meaning of question itself), you might say: The question concerns whether they ..."

link comment answered Aug 22 '12 at 14:36 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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