Page 68 of Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage reads

AS TO: used after certain preceding passive clauses, e.g. I am not much troubled as to its outward appearance—G. Gissing, 1903; I am also simultaneously bemused…as to why people should sunbathe indoors.

Can the agents of passives introduced by "as to"?

  • Can you provide examples of the "agents of passives" that you are referring to?
    – MikeB
    May 18, 2021 at 12:51
  • @MikeBrockington I was bit(ten) by the dog
    – GJC
    May 18, 2021 at 12:55
  • I can't see any way to use "as to" in that phrase - what did you have in mind?
    – MikeB
    May 18, 2021 at 12:59
  • @MikeBrockington I am not much troubled as to_/by its outward appearance.
    – GJC
    May 18, 2021 at 13:01
  • why is bemused a passive instead of an adjective in the OP example? en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bemused#Adjective
    – GJC
    Jun 27, 2021 at 9:22


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