I am afraid of being bitten by their dog

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Li singh

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hindi
Hi
Their dog will bite me and I am afraid of it. Can these two clauses be joined as " I am afraid of being bitten by their dog" ?
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  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    I'm not so confident as Keith. The versions may be close to each other, but in other constructions/contexts, this might not be the case:

    In (i) Their dog will bite me and (ii) I am afraid of it (= the dog) there are two facts.
    In " I am afraid {of being bitten by their dog"} gives your reason for being afraid - There is only one fact.

    It does not say that you are afraid of the dog - only afraid of being bitten by it. It may be only a very small dog (but may have some horrible disease).
     

    Li singh

    Senior Member
    hindi
    I'm not so confident as Keith. The versions may be close to each other, but in other constructions/contexts, this might not be the case:

    In (i) Their dog will bite me and (ii) I am afraid of it (= the dog) there are two facts.
    In " I am afraid {of being bitten by their dog"} gives your reason for being afraid - There is only one fact.

    It does not say that you are afraid of the dog - only afraid of being bitten by it. It may be only a very small dog (but may have some horrible disease).
    Can I use "it" for the situation /statement (Their dog will bite me) ?
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    Can I use "it" for the situation /statement (Their dog will bite me) ?
    No. "Their dog will bite me" is not a noun phrase/clause and therefore "it" (a pronoun) cannot be used.

    The example would have to be: "Their dog will bite me and I am afraid of that happening."
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Just to be specific: We have lost the firm prediction that the dog will bite. Someone might be afraid of being bitten by a dog even if they know the dog has never bitten anyone and its very unlikely.
     
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