Scared, frightened, afraid and terrified: talking about fear

About Words - Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog

by Liz Walter

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The other day I was teaching a lesson on things that make us afraid. We started by looking at the common ‘synonyms’ afraid, scared and frightened. One of the things I frequently do with my students is ask them for other words in the same word family because this is a skill they are likely to need in English exams.

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