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    frightened into a fit

    Hi there,

    I've found the expression " was frightened into a fit" by reading "The Canterville Ghost" from O. Wilde.
    Is this expression normally used nowadays?
    I guess that the meaning of it is really scared, is that right?

    I still have another question about asking for directions. Are the sentences above right? What is the most common question that is used to ask for directions?
    -How do I go to Henry Street?
    -How can I get to Henry Street?
    -How do I get to Henry Street?

    Thanks

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    Re: frightened into a fit

    Quote Originally Posted by silviasabater_2000 View Post
    Hi there,

    I've found the expression " was frightened into a fit" by reading "The Canterville Ghost" from O. Wilde.
    Is this expression normally used nowadays?
    I guess that the meaning of it is really scared, is that right?

    I still have another question about asking for directions. Are the sentences above right? What is the most common question that is used to ask for directions?
    -How do I go to Henry Street?
    -How can I get to Henry Street?
    -How do I get to Henry Street?

    Thanks
    Yes, it means "very scared".

    Your first sentence is not idiomatic, at least in AmE.

    The other two are correct and equally common, IMO.

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    Re: frightened into a fit

    'How do I go to Henry Street' doesn't sound a very natural sentence in BrE either. I think it is more likely to be used as a way of asking which means of transport should be taken rather than for the route, though even then, I'd use 'get'.


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    Re: frightened into a fit

    Hello MikeNewYork,

    Thank you for your replies. Just another tiny question. Do you Americans use the expression "frightened into a fit"?

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    Re: frightened into a fit

    Quote Originally Posted by silviasabater_2000 View Post
    Hello MikeNewYork,

    Thank you for your replies. Just another tiny question. Do you Americans use the expression "frightened into a fit"?
    I don't think I've ever heard that phrase in AE.

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