afraid to/afraid of

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afraid to/afraid of

Post by navi » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:14 am

Is there any difference between:
1) I was afraid to wake her up.
and:
2) I was afraid to wake her up.

Is there any difference between:
3) I was afraid to wake her up by closing the window.
and
4) I was afraid to wake her up by closing the window.

Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: afraid to/afraid of

Post by Erik_Kowal » Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:43 pm

You mean, besides the difference in font colour?

No.
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Re: afraid to/afraid of

Post by trolley » Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:22 pm

If you meant to ask if there was a difference between "afraid to wake her up" and "afraid of waking her up", then I think there is a difference. "Afraid to" sounds deliberate. "Afraid of" sounds accidental.
"I was afraid of waking her up"... I don't want to wake her and my fear is that I may.
"I was afraid to wake her up"... I want to wake her and my fear is that she is going to kick my ass when I do.
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Re: afraid to/afraid of

Post by navi » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:17 pm

Thank you very much and my apologies!!

I forgot to change the sentences!! What a stupid mistake! I am really sorry! And I did change the font color!

Trolley managed to figure out what my question was!! Talk about context clarifying things!!

It was supposed to be:

Is there any difference between:
1) I was afraid to wake her up.
and:
2) I was afraid of waking her up.

Is there any difference between:
3) I was afraid to wake her up by closing the window.
and
4) I was afraid of waking her up by closing the window.

I am really sorry!

Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: afraid to/afraid of

Post by tony h » Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:48 pm

In the first the intent is to wake her. In the second the intent is not to wake her.

I think the title should be to wake / of waking.
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Post by Phil White » Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:06 am

Yes. Trolley and Tony are right.

This actually makes sentence 3 extremely bizarre, namely that it was my intention to wake her by closing the window. The sentence cries out for further explanation:

"I was afraid to wake her up by closing the window, so I woke her up by vacuuming the duvet instead."
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Re: afraid to/afraid of

Post by tony h » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:05 pm

Phil White wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:06 am
"I was afraid to wake her up by closing the window, so I woke her up by vacuuming the duvet instead."
Ho ho, that should do it!
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