I am confused (as to) why...

geozec

Senior Member
German
There is no source for this, I wrote it myself and am not sure what is better or even if both are correct.

I am confused (as to) why you did not answer my message.
 
  • George French

    Senior Member
    English - UK
    Simplify the English to....

    "I am confused." "Why did you not answer my message?"​

    GF..

    Is that what you meant???
     
    I am confused as to why you did not answer my message.

    Yes, that is correct, although I think some people frown on it usage because of its wordiness. Personally, I find it elegant. (I think there are former threads on this forum where debate raged over it.)
     

    geozec

    Senior Member
    German
    So I take it without "as to" it's incorrect?
    It may be a US-usage thing. My English is mostly US-influenced and I had the feeling that "as to why" is ok.
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    If I didn't use "as to", I would use "about/over". "I am confused why..." doesn't sound good to me.
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    I agree with veli - I couldn't use "I am confused why...".

    Paul, are you saying "I am confused why..." is correct, or have I misunderstood you?
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    Hmmm... the omission is common enough to be unremarkable but, on reflection, the "as to" is preferable.
     
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