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  1. Joel2009
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    Smile Fear dead?

    hi

    will sombody explain me what the meanig of 'Fear dead' is?

    I saw in news " up to 7 fear dead in a boat accident".

    tkk
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    Re: Fear dead?

    It's a phrase used by journalists to make things sound more exciting. It means they want you to fear that some people have died. It's spelt "feared dead".

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    Re: Fear dead?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joel2009 View Post
    hi

    will sombody explain me what the meanig of 'Fear dead' is?

    I saw in news " up to 7 fear dead in a boat accident".

    tkk
    Joe
    It would be "feared."

    Here is how to break it down:

    The person in charge of the rescue says, "I fear that 7 people are dead." (If you are not familiar with this use of fear, it means he believes it likely that a bad thing has happened/will happen. I fear the weather will cancel our picnic tomorrow. I fear my lack of studying will result in a failing grade.)

    You say "Seven people are feared to be dead [by the official I spoke to]."

    The headline editor shortens it to: 7 feared dead

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