For me, the principal difference is that I can say "I am afraid," but if I am going to use "fear" I must specify what I fear.Hello,
I want to know what is the difference between "to fear" and "to be afraid"? Is "to fear " is more intense than "to be afraid"?
For once I don't agree with Keith. I frequently say things like 'I fear I can't come to see you this evening', and I often heard similar things from my friends when I lived in the UK.Coppernickers is right. I would go so far as to say that English speakers almost never use "to fear" in everyday conversation, unless it is in set phrases like "I fear the worst" or "where angels fear to tread".