afraid of ghosts

VicNicSor

Banned
Russian
Imagine I'm afraid of ghosts. Now, a friend of mine and me are going across a graveyard at night, and I want to look as if I'm not afraid of ghosts.

Which of these ones are correct?
I want to seem not afraid of ghosts.
I want to seem to not be afraid of ghosts.
I want to appear to not be afraid of ghosts.
I want to appear not afraid of ghosts.


Thanks.
 
  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    If you are not afraid, then you are unafraid.
    So you can seem/appear (to be) unafraid.

    I want to seem/appear not to be afraid
    is possible, though less natural. But your original I want to look as if I'm not afraid of ghosts is perfectly idiomatic and would be my choice.
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    "Brave" is another good option but then you have to leave out "of ghosts". "Of ghosts" is rather unnecessary in the context. If you appear brave/unafraid, we can't really tell what it is that you should be afraid of. You can't appear unafraid of ghosts yet appear afraid of zombies at the same time.
     
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