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Is the following sentence grammatically correct? 'Liberals have a concern with individual liberty'

Or, should it be 'liberals have a concern for individual liberty'? And, more generally, what is the difference between concern with and concern for?

  • May be try this: Liberals are concerned about individual liberty. – AIQ Sep 19 at 21:17
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There is a subtle difference.

Liberals have a concern with individual liberty.

means that liberals have an interest in the subject of individual liberty.

Liberals have a concern for individual liberty.

means that liberals are positively interested in, and generally wish to promote individual liberty or its protection.

In general, to have a "concern with X" means to be interested in the general subject of X, one way or another, while to have a "concern for X" means to be infavor of or supportive of X, at least to some degree.

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