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Hi,
When do we use anxious about and when anxious for?

Parents are naturally anxious for their children.

Can I use 'about' instead of 'for' here? what would be the difference if yes?

She was a bit anxious about her exams.

Can I use 'for' instead of 'about' here?

She is anxious for/about the global warming.

Is 'for' or 'about' correct here?

Thanks.
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anxious for people who might be in danger, like children

anxious about abstract situations, like global warming
I would not interchange the two.
CJ
Hi Anon,

The meaning of “anxious” is a feeling of concern and expectation. i.e.

My brother is very anxious to find out how he did on the exam.

Parents are naturally anxious for their children.

This sentence sounds either incomplete or incorrectly phrased to me.

We can say though: “Parents are naturally anxious to find out their children’s grades after an exam”.

She is concerned about global warming- ok

Mary has spent the last two years working in on a an assignment. She is very anxious to come home. -ok

This means she can’t wait for that ending day of the assignment to come.

You may say anxious about, over and for in most usage. It will depend on the context.

Mary’s parents are very anxious for their daughter’s home coming.
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Hi CJ and Goodman,

Thank you both very much for your help.

When 'anxious' means worried about something.

She is anxious for/about the man who may harm her again.

If the man is a threat or danger, is 'for' or 'about a correct choice here?

Is 'anxious' more serious than 'worried'?

Thanks.
Hi,

Would someone please help me with my questions above? Thanks!
Hi,

When 'anxious' means worried about something.

She is anxious for/about the man who may harm her again.

If the man is a threat or danger, is 'for' or 'about a correct choice here? No, use 'about'. If you are anxious 'for the man', it sounds like the man is the one who is in danger.

Is 'anxious' more serious than 'worried'? In your example above, I'd use 'worried', but it's sometimes hard to say. To judge the level of seriousness, you need to look at the reason why the person is anxious or worried.

Best wishes, Clive
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Hi,
Thanks for your reply.

I was terribly anxious about the children when they didn't come home from school.

anxious for their safty.

The two examples are from my dictionary. Why is it used this way as in anxious about the children and anxious for their safty?
Hi,
'anxious for' can indicate a thing or goal that you want, eg you want safety for your children.

Clive
Thank you, Clive.

Can I say 'anxious about their safty'? Are 'about' and 'for' interchangeable here?

Is 'about' correct here as in
I was terribly anxious about the children when they didn't come home from school.?

Thanks.
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