The word "fear" can be used as a verb or as a noun. It’s similar to the words "scare" and "afraid," but these words are not direct substitutes for "fear."
Look at the differences among these sentences:
It’s healthy to have a sense of fear. In fact, fear is what keeps us safe. If we had no fear, we’d probably do a lot of stupid things that would result in injury or death.
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This page was first published on July 21, 2012. It was updated on March 1, 2016.