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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.
Approved answer (verified by Mister Micawber)
'I'm afraid my dog pooped on your carpet.'
'You've spelt 'nesescary' wrong, I'm afraid.'
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.
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.
O.ABOOTTY, Kerala, INDIA
But you can't use 'scared' in the context given in my earlier reply.
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