This is Halloween...


Halloween's around the corner, which makes it a great time to look at vocabulary and expressions to talk about fear in English.


It is important to use the correct prepositions with the adjectives associated with fer:

I am afraid OF spiders

I am scared OF clowns

I am frightened OF heights


Afraid, scared and frightened mean the same thing and are used with to be (see examples above).

To be terrified means to be very scared and is also used with to be and the preposition OF:

I'm terrified of the dark.


What about you? What are you scared of?



Idioms, which are set expressions with a metaphorical meaning, can also be used to talk or describe fear:

-Misery gave me the heebie- jeebies: if something gives you the heebie-jeebies, it means that it is scary and as a result makes you feel uncomfortable


-When he jumped out, he scared the living daylights out of me!: this means to be so terrified, it may feel like everything around you is dark.... maybe because your eyes are shut.... :)


-When the thief showed his gun, I was scared stiff: to be scared stiff means to be so frightened you cannot move, you freeze.

Fear is a powerful beast. But we can learn to ride it. Justine Musk

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