book

 

 

Learn English  
 

Blue Level

 
 

Red Level

 
 

Yellow Level

 
 

Green Level

 
 

Purple Level

 
 

Orange Level

 
 

Violet Level

 
 

Video Lessons

 
 

Links

 
 

American Speech

 
 

Chat

 
 

How to Learn

 
 

Vocabulary

 
 

U.S. Citizenship

 
 

Reading

 

 

 

 


 

afraid

 

The word "afraid" is an adjective that is similar to the word "scared." Use "afraid" when something is frightening or scary:

scary man

  • Everyone in our neighborhood is afraid of the man who lives down the street. He's creepy.
  • Josh is afraid to be at home alone because strange noises come from the attic at night.
  • Gloria didn't want to go into the cave because she was too afraid.

The word "afraid" is also used when a person has a fear:

  • batBob is afraid of bats.
  • Many people are afraid of being in small, confined places.
  • I'm afraid of heights.
  • He's afraid to go into the water. water

You'll also hear "afraid" used in place of the word "sorry" or when there is a concern:

  • I'm afraid I can't help you. (I'm sorry I can't help you.)
  • The owner of the restaurant is afraid she'll have to shut it down for a lack of customers.
  • We're afraid we won't be able to afford another big expense, so we aren't going to buy a new car this year.

Click here to go to the Word of the Day page.

 

October 31, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

© 2018 Learn American English Online. All rights reserved.