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1) I am very afraid.
2) I am very scared.
Can 1 and 2 have the same meaning??
Thank you in advance.
Anonymous:scared = when like something scares you in order to feel fear.
afraid = when it doesn't have to scare you in order to feel fear. lasts longer. harder to overcome. can also mean "worried"
Anonymous:No they are not the same.
example: I am afraid of the dark--correct
example 2: I am scared of the dark--incorrect.
explanation: You can be afriad of things not scared of things.
Example: The man scared me when he yelled in my ear; i was afraid.
I see nothing at all wrong with eg 'I am scared of the dark'.
Being scared of things is fine.
Anonymous:Being "scared of things" sounds like typical undereducated Americans awaiting their welfare checks in the mail.
The proper usage is "scared by" and "afraid of."
'I'm afraid my dog pooped on your carpet.'
'You've spelt 'nesescary' wrong, I'm afraid.'
Apart from what my friends said, I want to add that you use afraid when you are talking about your feeling for a long time.
For instance, it would be better to say I am afraid of spiders than I am scared of spiders.
But when you are talking about specific situation, scared fits better, for example, you had better use scared in the following context.
Ex. He was scared that his mother wouldn't let him go to the movies with his friends.
AnonymousBeing "scared of things" sounds like typical undereducated Americans awaiting their welfare checks in the mail.This is gratuitously rude, and also incorrect. "Scared of" is perfectly ordinary usage.
Clive, by the way, is neither undereducated nor American.
Edited to add: I would say that "scared" is more casual/informal than "afraid."
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