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Kiki Pantaleon

Hi everybody.

I had always seen this collocation: "be afraid of", but now I found "be afraid to". The sentence is: Don't be afraid to disagree with the majority.

What's the difference between "be afraid of" and "be afraid to" ?

  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - US
    "Be afraid to do something" = you might do something. But you are afraid that you doing it will hurt you.

    I am afraid to go scuba diving. I could drown.

    "Be afraid of a thing" = you are afraid that the thing will hurt you.

    I am afraid of tigers. Tigers eat people.
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