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"Frightened" is an adjective which is often translated as "asustado", and "afraid" is an adjective which is often translated as "tener miedo". Learn more about the difference between "frightened" and "afraid" below.
frightened(
fray
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tihnd
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (scared)
a. asustado
The kids were frightened and ran as far as they could.Los niños estaban asustados y salieron huyendo tan lejos como pudieron.
b. tener miedo
They are frightened of the dark.Le tienen miedo a la oscuridad.
c. dar miedo
I was frightened to go back to my apartment.Me daba miedo volver a mi apartamento.
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afraid(
uh
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freyd
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (scared)
a. tener miedo
She’s afraid of spiders.Tiene miedo de las arañas.
b. dar miedo
He’s afraid of meeting new girls.Le da miedo conocer a chicas nuevas.
c. temer
I'm afraid of how she'll react.Temo su reacción.
2. (expressing apology or regret)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Did he get the job? - I'm afraid not.¿Consiguió el trabajo? - Me temo que no.
I’m afraid he's away at the moment.Lo siento. En este momento está de viaje.
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