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What is the difference between "afraid" and "scared"

1) I am very afraid.

2) I am very scared.

Can 1 and 2 have the same meaning??

Thank you in advance.
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Afraid is also used to express apology or regret.

'I'm afraid my dog pooped on your carpet.'

'You've spelt 'nesescary' wrong, I'm afraid.'

Rover
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Yes, pretty much the same.
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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.
Hi,

I see nothing at all wrong with eg 'I am scared of the dark'.

Being scared of things is fine.

Clive
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Hi.
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.
Cheers
Hamid
I think there is no difference between AFRAID and SCARED in meaning and usage. SCARED is less formal and is very common in everyday English. AFRAID sounds more formal than SCARED and is used especially in written English. Both I'm afraid of the dark and I'm scared of the dark are correct.
O.ABOOTTY, Kerala, INDIA
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I think there is no difference between AFRAID and SCARED in meaning and usage.
But you can't use 'scared' in the context given in my earlier reply.

Rover
Afraid is an adjective, and scared is a verb, past tense.
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