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    scared

    Can I say these in English?
    1. He seems to become frightened.
    2. She seems to become scared.
    3. He seems to become frightened that the matter couldn't work properly.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: scared

    While they are understandable they are very unnatural. No native speaker would say them.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #3

    Re: scared

    Hi,
    thanks for your answer. Please give me some examples that sound natural then.

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    #4

    Re: scared

    He seems to get scared when it starts to rain hard.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: scared

    He seems to be frightened that the matter won't be resolved to his satisfaction.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: scared

    He gets scared easily.

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    #7

    Re: scared

    When matters become frightening, he gets scared.

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    #8

    Re: scared

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    When matters become frightening, he gets scared.
    I don't find that natural at all.
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    #9

    Re: scared

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I don't find that natural at all.
    Do you have a suggestion to make it more natural? I was just trying to find a way to express what Cubisto wanted to express using his/her own words.

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    #10

    Re: scared

    The idea of becoming frightened/scared when things become frightening is not one we normally feel a need to express.

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