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    This is the fear, this is the dread these are the contents of my head...

    Dear teachers,
    Is there in English an expression 'to be helpless with dread' - to be unable to act because of fear? May I use 'benumbed with terror' instead?
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: This is the fear, this is the dread these are the contents of my head...

    There sure is: Paralyzed with fear.

    I like yours, though. You have a natural way of making language poetic.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    Re: This is the fear, this is the dread these are the contents of my head...

    Thank you for your help and such nice words. I hope my teachers will appreciate my poetic something too:)

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    Re: This is the fear, this is the dread these are the contents of my head...

    Hello Cat's eyes,

    I am not a teacher, but for me, the word you write (Benumbed) is used for the cold. It's a special utilization to use it for a sense like paralysed by fear.

    See you soo on the topic.

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