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How to express concern in English!

In this class, you’ll learn how to express concern in English.

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We face problems every day. Some are minor, but others might worry us. Here’s some useful language for talking about our worries and concerns. Plus, there’s a conversation so you can see the language in action!

Expressing worry or concern

  • I’m really worried about it.
  • I’m really worried about the match tomorrow.
  • She’s worried she won’t get there in time.
  • I’m afraid that I’ll get there too late.
  • I’m scared to death of making a fool of myself!
  • I’m really nervous about the talk tomorrow.
  • I’ve been worried sick about it.

Describing the effects

  • I can’t concentrate on anything.
  • I can’t think straight.
  • I couldn’t sleep last night.
  • I can’t help thinking about it.
  • It’s been on my mind all day.
  • It’s been keeping me awake at night.
  • I’ve got butterflies in my stomach.

How to help a worrier!


  • Stop worrying about it!
  • Stop thinking about it!
  • Stop talking nonsense!
  • Stop fretting!
  • Why don’t you go for a run or something?
  • Worrying about it won’t help!
  • You’ll be fine.
  • It’ll be over in 10 minutes.
  • It’ll turn out all right.
  • You’ve got nothing to worry about!

Expressing relief

  • Phew!
  • I’m glad that’s over.
  • I wouldn’t want to do that again.
  • Thank God* that’s over!
  • Thank goodness!
  • You have no idea what a relief it is.
  • That’s a huge weight off my mind.
  • That’s a load off my mind.
  • Thank heavens that’s over!

You’re going to listen to a conversation.

Greg has to give a presentation tomorrow at work. He’s a bit worried about it. Listen once and answer these questions.

  1. How many people does he have to talk to?
  2. What’s the presentation about?
  3. How well is he prepared for the talk?

Here are the answers:

  1. How many people does he have to talk to?

He has to speak to 500 employees.

  1. What’s the presentation about?

The presentation is about how they’re moving to an office 300 kilometres away.

  1. How well is he prepared for the talk?

He hasn’t done any preparation for it yet.

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