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 Post subject: scared of and afraid of
PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:53 pm 
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Hi Anyone know how to use these 2 words " scared of " and "afraid of" and how is the different between 2 of them ?


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 Post subject: Re: scared of and afraid of
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:24 am 
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Hi,

Those two words are synonyms. They have the same meaning and can be used in similar sentences. Here are some examples:

I am scared of heights.
I am scared of spiders.
I am scared of my teacher.
He is scared of the dark.
She is scared of falling down.

In all the sentence above, you can use afraid of:

I am afraid of heights.
I am afraid of spiders.
I am afraid of my teacher.
He is afraid of the dark.
She is afraid of falling down.

The only sentence I can think of that is not similar is the following:

We were scared by the ghost story. It is not correct to use afraid in this sentence.

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