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    Default I am afraid

    Hello,
    I am a little bit confused on the place of "I am afraid" in the sentence.
    I don't understand your question, I am afraid.
    Here, we use "
    I am afraid" at the end of the sentence.
    Please help me clarify something about the use of it in the sentence?
    1. Can I use "
    I am afraid" at the beginning of the sentence like this?
    I am afraid, I don't understand your question.
    2. Is there any difference in meaning between them?
    In my language, "
    I am afraid" almost used at the beginning of the sentence, therefore I feel it is easier to understand if it appear at the beginning of the sentence.
    Thank a lot!


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    Default Re: I am afraid

    You can put it at the beginning but you need to remove the comma.

    I'm afraid I don't understand your question = I'm afraid [that] I don't understand your question.

    I'm afraid, I don't understand your question = I'm afraid (scared) AND I don't understand your question.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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