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27 / 10 / 2008

TO SCARE or TO FRIGHTEN: meaning and examples

Good morning everyone.

This Friday is Halloween, so this week we are going to look at some common (sometimes informal and colloquial) expressions that we use to mean to scare or to frighten.

To frighten: to make someone suddenly feel afraid (Span = asustar)
To scare: to frighten someone

From these verbs we have adjectives like frightening/frightened (making you feel afraid), scary/scared (=frightening/frightened).

Example 1:
You scared me when you suddenly entered the room. Please warn me next time!

Example 2:
It's frightening to think that she could become Vice President, or even worse...President!

And of course, there are lots of synonyms of these verbs (and their adjectives) which can be used in different contexts:

-To startle / startling / startled
-To terrify / terrifying / terrified
-To shock / shocking / shocked
-To alarm / alarming / alarmed

Over the next few days we will look at some more creative ways of saying to scare or to frighten in English.

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