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    I am afraid

    'I am afraid' is the expression which is predominantly used in UK. For e.g. I am afraid the position you applied for is gone.

    I am not very sure and comfortable using this expression, could you please elaborate the use of this expression.

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    Re: I am afraid

    It's used a lot, more as a way of showing politeness as anything else. If you have to introduce something negative, then say 'I'm afraid' before it as a way of signalling that something negative is coming and showing sympathy,etc.

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