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sagar grammar

Senior Member
Dear members.

I have a sentence, should I choose anyone, or they both have meanings different from each other.
Please tell me where one of them would be more suitable.thanks.

1- I am afraid of going out at night.
2- I am afraid to go out at night.
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    "Going out" as an activity may mean "going on a date, and enjoying oneself", but I agree with doji that in the case of your sentences with "afraid of going out/to go out" there is no real difference.

    Still, if it's a question of just popping outside the door I'd probably use "afraid to go out..."

    I'm even afraid to go out and lock the garden gate at night.
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