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    #1

    afraid/frightened/alarmed/scared/fearful

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the difference between “afraid”, “frightened”, ‘alarmed”, “scared” and “fearful”?

    Children are afraid in the dark.
    Then I saw that she was frightened of me and bluffed a bit more, and in the end I was nipped.
    She was alarmed with the noise.
    She was as scared as the rest of us, she did not have the gift of expression, that was all.
    I am fearful of breaking the news.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    #2

    Re: afraid/frightened/alarmed/scared/fearful

    'Alarmed' stands a bit apart to me; it can be used for the beginning of the feeling and it can imply concerned rather than actually scared.

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    #3

    Exclamation Re: afraid/frightened/alarmed/scared/fearful

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the difference between “afraid”, “frightened”, ‘alarmed”, “scared” and “fearful”?

    Children are afraid in the dark of night. Ok but the addtion sounds better.
    Then I saw that she was frightened of me and bluffed a bit more, and in the end I was nipped. Ok
    She was alarmed (with) by/at the noise. Ok with by or at
    She was as scared as the rest of us, she did not have the gift of expression, that was all. OK
    I am fearful of breaking the news. Ok

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
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