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    Thumbs up in fear that / fearing

    Can I say "Sorry, I can't say more here, fearing that this post might be deleted." instead of "Sorry, I can't say more here, for fear that this post might be deleted"? Is the latter version better because of the idiom "for fear that/of" or are these two versions both natural? Thanks.
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    Re: in fear that / fearing

    Quote Originally Posted by ohmyrichard View Post
    Can I say "Sorry, I can't say more here, fearing that this post might be deleted."

    I think, 'Sorry, fearing that this post might be deleted, I can't say more here.' is better.

    instead of "Sorry, I can't say more here, for fear that this post might be deleted"? Is the latter version better because of the idiom "for fear that/of" or are these two versions both natural? Thanks.
    Richard
    "for fear (that)(of)" is not an idiom; it is a set phrase.

    Now I think my sentence and your second sentence are equally acceptable.
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    Re: in fear that / fearing

    Sorry, I can't say more here, for fear that this post might be deleted
    I prefer the above 'I cant say more for fear that.....(the reason), rather than starting the sentence with 'Fearing....'.

    You can also say:
    I can't say more here lest this post might be deleted.

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    Re: in fear that / fearing

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
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    Then may I know the difference between an idiom and a set phrase? I always take phrases printed in bold in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English as an idiom. But I may have been confused about the two terms. Right now I have consulted the dictionary and got the definition that an idiom is a group of words with a meaning of its own that is different from the meanings of each seprarate word put together. Yes, you are right, I've made a mistake. Thanks.
    Richard

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