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Hi,

I am hesitant to use the phrase "in the case of a loan, ...", for it appears too verbose. Substituting "with respect to loans" or "as far as loans are concerned" does not make it any better.

Is it feasible, in a formal context, to use "as for loans" or "with loans" instead?

Thanks!
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Hi,

Is it feasible, in a formal context, to use "as for loans" or "with loans" instead? Yes, although it's hard to say without seeing specific sentences.

Another approach is just to make loans the subject of the sentence. eg Loans are ...

Best wishes, Clive
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I found the following synonyms for the preposition concerning at Thesaurus.com:

about, against, apropos, as for, as concerns, as regards, as to, concerned with, connected with, dealing with, in reference to, referring to, regarding, relating to, relative to, respecting, touching, touching on, toward.
I guess you are right, if "loans" is the subject of the sentence. It would indeed sound very artificial to say "As for loans, they are ..."

However, in a different context, e.g.

"As to loans, the company was able to negogiate a better solution".

I am basically looking for the most elegant phrase: "as to" sounds pretty good to me. What do you think?

Thanks for your your help!
Hi,

I am basically looking for the most elegant phrase: "as to" sounds pretty good to me. What do you think?

Yes, it has a certain style, but style depends on context, particularly what is said before this sentence. It's not a way to just go to the next item on a list, in my opinion. I think it often suggests that the information now being introduced is of lesser importance.

... Finally, Tom became President of the USA. As to his brother, he remained a garbage collector.

Best wishes, Clive
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