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    #1

    fright

    "‘When one of us consorts with a human female, he assumes the shape of a man. Otherwise she would die of fright."

    Hi there,
    I have found this sentence on the web and wonder how common in English the expression in bold is. Curiously, it has a perfect equivalent in my language.
    Thanks.
    p.s.: please, correct or enhance my text. thanks.


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    #2

    Re: fright

    Fairly common - usually as an exaggeration of being startled or shocked. Here of course it is meant literally.

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    #3

    Re: fright

    Thanks.
    Can I say "I killed them of fright"?
    Not literally, of course.
    Thanks again.


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    #4

    Re: fright

    No - you could say "I killed them by frightening them" or "I killed them with fright".

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