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  1. Banned
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    #1

    walk down this street

    1a I'm afraid of walking down this street.
    1b I'm afraid to walk down this street.

    2a The windows need some cleaning.
    2b The windows need to be/get cleaned.

    I think all are correct but are there any differences in meaning?

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    Re: walk down this street

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    1a I'm afraid of walking down this street.
    Generally speaking, [afraid of + gerund/noun] implies a general fear or a phobia. For instance,
    I'm afraid of spiders.
    I'm afraid of climbing ladders.

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    1b I'm afraid to walk down this street.
    That's more likely. For example,
    I'm afraid to walk down this street. It's full of drug pushers.

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    2a The windows need some cleaning.
    That's making an observation, but a more natural sentence would be,
    The windows could do with (some) cleaning.

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    2b The windows need to be /get cleaned.
    That's stronger and more urgent than the one above.

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