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    to scare - to scare off

    - I don't like him. He always scares me.
    - They managed to scare their enemies off.

    Now, my question is: in the first sentence the verb indicates that someone is scared, is frightened by someone else, Is this correct?
    In the second one the verb "to scare off" means "to make someone run away because he is frightened by someone.. is it correct?

    So, "to scary" means simply to frighten someone, whereas "to scary off" means to frighten somebody and at the same time to make him/her going away because of fear...doesn't it?

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    Re: to scare - to scare off

    The verb is "scare."

    (scary is the adjective or adverb)

    To "scare off" can be used in other circumstances:

    The wind scared off the birds.

    The investors were scared off by the bad economy.

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    Re: to scare - to scare off

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    - I don't like him. He always scares me.
    - They managed to scare their enemies off.

    Now, my question is: in the first sentence the verb indicates that someone is scared, is frightened by someone else, Is this correct? Yes.

    In the second one the verb "to scare off" means "to make someone run away because he is they are frightened by someone.. is it correct? No, it means that 'they' scared someone.

    So, "to scary scare" means simply to frighten someone, whereas "to scaryscare off" means to frighten somebody and at the same time to make him/her (or "it" for an animal) go away because of fear...doesn't it? See changes.
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