Jack’s parents were concerned with increasing acts of violence against Polish Jews in other parts of Poland, but they did not speak of these things in front of their children.

A – with increasing acts of violence against

B – with increasing acts of violence on

C – about increasing acts of violence against

D – about increasing acts of violence on 

E – over increasing acts of violence against

Right Answer: C

Error Identification

IdentifierError Type
Concerned with, about, overIdiom 
Acts of violence on / against Idiom


Explanation: 

The two identifiers are ‘concerned with / about / over’ and ‘acts of violence against/on’. Concerned can idiomatically go along with ‘with’, ‘about’ and ‘over’ but the meanings derived are completely different. ‘Concerned about’ is to be worried about; ‘concerned over’ is to care about something; ‘concerned with’ is to be interested in or associated with something. ‘Violence against’ is the correct idiomatic form. 

A – ‘concerned with’ changes the meaning and is illogical in context. 

B – ‘concerned with’ is incorrect; ‘violence on’ is unidiomatic. 

C – This is the correct answer. 

D – ‘violence on’ is unidiomatic. 

E – ‘concerned over’ means to care about someone/something and this distorts the meaning of the sentence. 

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