Thank you for your reply, sound shift.1) is grammatically correct. It does not tell us whether he entered the house.
2) is grammatically incorrect and meaningless, I'm afraid!
Good morning, azuki.I have rewritten 2). If it’s still wrong, could you please correct?
He was afraid that he would enter the house.
Hi, sound shift.Good morning, azuki.
This sentence is grammatically correct, but its meaning is ambiguous. In your mind, is the second "he" the same person as the first "he"? Can you give us some idea of the context?
Thank you for your comment, sound shift.1.) "He was afraid to enter the house." He didn't want to enter the house, because he was afraid of the possible consequences. Perhaps he had heard that the house was unsafe or perhaps he thought his mother would punish him if she later found out that he had entered the house. What does your grammar book say about this sentence? Does it give a context?
2.) "He was afraid that he would enter the house." If the first "he" is the same person as the second "he", this sentence is unlikely, but possible. It means two things:
a) He didn't want to enter the house; and
b) He thought that there was a possibility that he would enter the house against his will. Perhaps there was a crowd of people pushing him into the house.
If there is no context with these sentences, we can only speculate about the meaning.
Thanks for your comment, sound shift.Be careful with 1), azuki: this sentence does not tell us whether he entered the house. It all depends on what follows. For example, "He was afraid to enter the house, but his elder brother said there was nothing to be afraid of, and persuaded him to step inside."
Yes, neither of them say whether or not he entered the house.Thanks for your comment, sound shift.
If 1) doesn’t tell us whether he entered the house, would the following two sentences become almost same meaning?
a)He was afraid to enter the house.
b)He was afraid of entering the house.
My understanding is that a) says he didn’t enter the house, and b) is that it doesn’t tell us whether he entered the house. Am I misinterpreting?
Thanks for your replies, sound shift and Aidanriley.Good morning.
I can't see any difference in meaning between a) and b) in post no. 9. I agree with Aidanriley that neither sentence says whether he went into the house.