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Which one is correct? or there is no difference?

Jan is worried that his son won't come home.

Jan is worried about that his son won't come home.

Thank you in advance.

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  • The first is fine, but not the second. The preposition "about" does not normally license (permit) a declarative content clause (your that clause) as complement.
    – BillJ
    Commented Apr 25, 2020 at 11:34
  • The second sentence should read Jan is worried about the fact that his son won't come home. With that change, they effectively mean the same thing. Commented Apr 25, 2020 at 15:18

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As pointed out in the comments, it is correct to say:

"Jan is worried that his son won't come home."

The second sentence is not correct in its current state. There are, however, a few ways in which we can make it correct and still use "about", for example:

a) "Jan is worried about the fact that his son won't come home."

b) "Jan is worried about the possibility of his son not coming home."

c) "Jan is worried about his son, who may never come home."

Hope this helps!

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  • As far as I understand, we can't use any of the prepositions before that. For example, of, with, on, etc. So that's not specific for only about, also all the prepositions. correct : I was aware that you were outside. incorrect: I was aware of that you were outside.
    – A7x
    Commented Apr 29, 2020 at 15:54

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