Can you write usage examples to illustrate the difference between "about", "regarding", "as for" and "as far as... is concerned"?
10 months ago
I'm not feeling particularly confident about this answer, and I figured I should say that from the get-go. These words' usage is very nuanced and I know I'm going to leave something off — likely lots of somethings. So this could be either brilliant or a train wreck, and most probably the latter. Take it with a grain of salt. Okie dokie. Here we go. About is mostly synonymous regarding, except that the latter is somewhat old-fashioned and you're more likely to hear about in speech. (At least among my crowd in California, whatever that's worth.) As for… is used as a connector. It means that you're turning away from addressing your former subject and on to something else. As for your comment regarding XYZ, ABC. As far as … is concerned can be used much the same way as as for…, but it has an additional use: if you put a name or a pronoun in there, it means that you're about to state that person's opinion or the kind of situation I use in example #2, which I'm not sure how to describe with words. (EDIT: Lana Fisher has suggested that this describes the state of mind of another individual as seen from their perspective.) As far as I am concerned, it's a bad idea. As far as Elizabeth is concerned, we were never here.
10 months ago