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In an Essay I wrote:

费先生关于「焉有稼」所说的仿佛有道理。这样的观念让上者成为了「五谷不分」的人。但他关于孟夫子写的略有偏见

My teacher corrected the second (bold) 关于 to 对。 Is this presumably to avoid repetition, or are there subtleties creating a preference, when used in conjunction with different verbs?

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It's not about avoiding repetition, but the difference of 关于/对 in usage.

对…(持态度)is a collocation. It is similar to "toward" as in "attitude toward" collocation.

他对你颇有偏见(correct)

他关于你颇有偏见(incorrect)

关于 serves as "about" "with regard to"

胡适所作关于新诗的那番论调饱受非议(correct)(discussion/view(derogatory) on/about modern poetry)

胡适对鲁迅为人的论断彰显其翩翩风度(correct)(judgement/conclusion of 鲁迅's humanness)

  • Why does the verb after 寫 remain important? I would have thought that the relevant verb is 寫。All my investigations confirmed what you said, but nobody has been able to explain it, – Ludi Jun 20 at 19:21
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    @Ludi Another concern: 但他关于孟夫子写略有偏见= But what he writes about Mencius is slightly biased≠但他孟夫子写略有偏见=But he is slightly biased against what Mencius writes. I hope that you may perceive the difference.ԅ(¯ㅂ¯ԅ) – Toosky Hierot Jun 20 at 19:30
  • Oh yes! Probably deserves to be added to the answer! – Ludi Jun 20 at 19:32
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since "关于" is for object not for people. "对"is for a man not for object.

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