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    Post "Afraid" and "scared"

    Can "afraid" and "scared" be used interchangeably?

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    Re: "Afraid" and "scared"

    No. I'm afraid not.

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    Re: "Afraid" and "scared"

    I would say 'sometimes', but not in all circumstances, as you can see from Raymott's reply.

    However, for example they are interchangeable in phrases such as "I'm scared/afraid of X".
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    Re: "Afraid" and "scared"

    I agree that any pair of words are interchangeable when they are.

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    Re: "Afraid" and "scared"

    The problem is that "scared" can be a verb. "It scared me"! Afraid obviously doesn't fit in that sentence.

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    Re: "Afraid" and "scared"

    Also, 'I'm afraid I can't help you' means 'I regret that I can't help you'.

    'Scared' doesn't fit there.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 18-Sep-2016 at 11:48. Reason: Fixed typo

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