a concern or concern? the matter or matters?


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Hi to all friends on this forum,
I need help from native speaker. I met two idoms and I don't know which is the correct expression.
1. to make the matter worse,... vs. to make matters worse,... Which one is correct in this expession, the matter or matters?
2. There is a widespread concern vs. there is widespread concern. Is "a" a necessity here?

Best wishes,
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    I agree with Keith. In AE, too, all four options are grammatically correct. And I also personally prefer those without articles.
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