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    Will17 is offline Senior Member
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    Cool afraid to go or of going

    Hello,

    Which one is correct here, please:

    -I'm afraid to go to the dentist's.

    -I'm afraid of going to the dentist's.

    Thanks a lot for your help,

    Will

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    Re: afraid to go or of going

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello,

    Which one is correct here, please:

    -I'm afraid to go to the dentist's.

    -I'm afraid of going to the dentist's.

    Thanks a lot for your help,

    Will
    Either one is OK, but "dentist".

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    Re: afraid to go or of going

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post

    Which one is correct here, please:

    -I'm afraid to go to the dentist's.

    -I'm afraid of going to the dentist's.
    They are both fine with "dentist's" in BE.

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    Re: afraid to go or of going

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    They are both fine with "dentist's" in BE.
    OK...I can go along with, "I went to university" and, "They took him to hospital", but what logic is behind this?

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    Re: afraid to go or of going

    We generally say "I'm going to the dentist's" and "I'm going to the doctor's". We basically omit the word "surgery" from the end of the sentence.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: afraid to go or of going

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    OK...I can go along with, "I went to university" and, "They took him to hospital", but what logic is behind this?
    It means 'place', as in, "I'm going to Tom's [place] for half an hour"; "I'm going to the baker's [shop]."
    It's ubiquitous in AusE as well.

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