When somebody says "I will have a major surgery. I'm afraid of it", which of the following can I say?
1. I'm even afraid of a minor surgery.
2. I'm afraid of even a minor surgery.
[A reply from native speakers would be appreciated.]
Thank you, Naamplao!
I believe there is a distinct difference between the sentences. 1 puts the emphasis on "afraid" while 2 places it on "minor surgery".
In effect, I understand 1 to mean, among other things, the speaker is 'even afraid', whereas 2 seems to me to suggest that he is such a timorous character that he is afraid of "even minor surgery".
Please correct me if I am wrong.