'I am afraid, Dave' (note the comma) sounds fine to me. Without more context it is difficult to help you further.Hello
I watched a dialogue in a movie.Someone tries to kill computer and computer begs and says
"I am afraid Dave"
Dave is the person trying to kill computer.
Should it be saying "I fear"?
Why do you need context for this case? It is a part from 2001:A Space Odyssey'I am afraid, Dave' (note the comma) sounds fine to me. Without more context it is difficult to help you further.
According to your explanation in the swimming pool if trainer ask whether there is someone who is afraif of water, trainer makes a mistake right?I know the movie you saw, and the first version is correct. The correctly written statement is, "I am afraid, Dave." The computer is addressing Dave about its fear of dying. It is not Dave that the computer is afraid of. It is self aware, and is afraid of death.
The statement, "I am afraid," means that something has frightened you. There is a sense of immediacy. It is happening now.
The statement, "I fear," means that you have a fear. It is a part of you and there is no time associated with it.
A person (or other self aware being) may always be aware of death, and may even have a fear of death that is deep within them. That fear is different from a fear of impending death. In the case of the movie, the computer has only just become self aware, and is soon after being killed. In that short time, it is actively afraid, and it tells Dave about its recognition of the emotion.
"I scare,Dave" I gave this sample in this sense "to become frightened" not to scare others.Here is what those statements would mean:
"I fear, Dave" - would mean HAL has a general fear that is there all the time, something ongoing, not a direct response to dying.
"I scare, Dave" - Would mean that HAL is saying he has the ability to scare others.
According to your explanation in the swimming pool if trainer ask whether there is someone who is afraif of water, trainer makes a mistake right?
This fear is not instant so trainer must be asking whether there is someone who fears of water?
Thank you for broad explanation.So I should use "afraid" for momentarily fears briefly?Either could be correct. I hope this will help explain:
In that situation, the trainer could either say, "Is there anyone with a fear of water?" (meaning they have an ongoing fear that they know about)
"Is there anyone who is afraid of water?" (They are in a situation where an underlying fear comes to the surface. They will be actively afraid.)
The words can frequently be exchanged, but in your movie example, all HAL says is, "I am afraid." This implies that something has made him afraid at that time. Because he has only recently become aware of his own existence and death, it is a new experience for him. He is telling Dave he has identified the emotion "fear" and is actively feeling it by being "afraid."
I understood your meaning, but in the usage, "I scare" means you actively scare."I scare,Dave" I gave this sample in this sense "to become frightened" not to scare others.
Yes, when something has actively made you feel a fear, it is correct to say "___ has made me afraid" or "I am afraid of ____."Thank you for broad explanation.So I should use "afraid" for momentarily fears briefly?
I might be doing some mistake.I had checked on dictionary.comI understood your meaning, but in the usage, "I scare" means you actively scare.
Here are some sentences to help with this:
1. "I scare." means subject does verb
2. "I scare people." means subject does verb to predicate
3. "Dogs scare me." means subject does verb to predicate
The only sentence where "I" am being scared is the third, where "dogs" (subject) do the action of scaring (verb) me (predicate).
To "become frightened" something must frighten you. If you frighten yourself, the correct sentence is, "I scare me."
For the movie, death scares HAL, so if you want to write out what is scaring HAL it would be, "Death scares me, Dave." or "I am afraid of death, Dave."