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2 Different Meanings of "I'M AFRAID"

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Sound more natural by adding this to your conversations! Learn the two main meanings of "I'm afraid". Click "CC" for English subtitles. For more English lessons, visit my channel, English with Max. All of the videos are free. These include free English vocabulary videos, English grammar videos, English pronunciation videos, English tips, and various other English lessons. This channel aims at helping people learn and improve their English - whether they have been learning English for a while or have recently started. I am a native speaker from Australia. I mainly speak British English. Stalk me! https://www.facebook.com/EnglishWithMax https://twitter.com/EnglishWithMax https://www.instagram.com/englishwithmax/
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English with Max (1 year ago)
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metube (6 months ago)
max i am afraid your intro tone is really really clumsy and booooring..... that was not definitely a joke.. please reinvent something good. please.
Social Rights (1 month ago)
I do want to know more but I afraid will you upload more
rajan kumar (4 months ago)
I am afaired that he is not in the office. is it right ? please reply.
English with Max (4 months ago)
*I am afraid... 😉 Otherwise it's perfect!
Francisco José (4 months ago)
Hi Max. I'm afraid of scorpion.
Sumit Bhatia (5 months ago)
can we say..do u afraid of instead of I m afraid of
English with Max (5 months ago)
No, but if you're asking a question, you can say: "Are you afraid of... ?" E.g. Are you afraid of spiders?
Sumit Bhatia (5 months ago)
can we say....do u afraid of
shagedul islam (8 months ago)
I am afraid I cannot attend the video on the day you will post next day because of my busy working day.
English with Max (7 months ago)
👍*I'm afraid I cannot watch the video on the day you post because of my busy working day. ;)
jagdish goud (9 months ago)
Im afraid of snakes 😦 🐍
English with Max (9 months ago)
Me too!
Neeraj Kumar (1 year ago)
very nice explanation, Thank you!
Julio Montoya (1 year ago)
Thank you for the video. Nice lesson.
English with Max (1 year ago)
I'm glad you liked it! 😀
aiM (1 year ago)
Thanks for your efforts. I'm afraidof snakes and wolves.😨😨 I regreted after my marriage.😢😢
English with Max (1 year ago)
*A thousand thank yous. I always learn from you. I'm happy to help!
aiM (1 year ago)
English with Max Thousand thanks for you I always learn from you. (Pls always for ever correct).
English with Max (1 year ago)
In any case, when we use "I'm afraid" to mean "regret" it's basically always to talk about things in the present or future. E.g. I'm afraid I can't help you at the moment. I'm afraid I can't come to your party this weekend. (Sorry if you already know that.)
English with Max (1 year ago)
You're welcome! You regretted getting married? :(
Ulghart (1 year ago)
I can't stop watching your videos. I'm afraid I'm in love with your eyes...
English with Max (1 year ago)
Oh, thanks :)
Furkat Kodirov (1 year ago)
I'm afraid I didin't understand "watching Paint Dry", Could you please give more examples?!
Ulghart (1 year ago)
Justst think how boring can be to stare at a wall recently painted and wait until it dryes....
English with Max (1 year ago)
If something is really boring, you can say: "It was like watching paint dry." E.g. "The movie was so boring, it was like watching paint dry." Or if someone mentions an activity that sounds very boring to you, you can use it. E.g. "Would you like to go watch the cricket match?" Answer: "I'd prefer to watch paint dry." Does that make sense?
Sayedhadi Almusawi (1 year ago)
I like the way you go in teaching us English
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thank you :).
Fire UMK3 (1 year ago)
I'm afraid of angry dogs. This movie must be is very good, but i'm afraid i have to go home. Please correct me, if i did mistakes.
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thanks for your comment! With corrections: I'm afraid of angry dogs. This movie must be very good, but I'm afraid I have to go home. Please correct me, if I made mistakes.
Weslley Yargus (1 year ago)
I'm afraid of spiders! I'm afraid I'm not able to be a rock star! =/
English with Max (1 year ago)
Very nice :)
amit verma (1 year ago)
I am afraid of English. I'm afraid I could ever speak English.
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thanks, Amit! *I'm afraid I'll never be able to speak English. ;)
Rodrigo Monteiro (1 year ago)
I'm afraid of don't speak English.
JPdynabook (1 year ago)
"I'm afraid of not being able to speak English." People who say this can actually speak English.
English with Max (1 year ago)
Exactly. Or the first one could mean: "I'm afraid of not being able to speak English." It's probably not the most common way to express the idea, but it's still correct.
JPdynabook (1 year ago)
"I'm afraid of not speaking English." The speaker can't live a day without speaking English, maybe. "I'm not afraid of speaking English." The speaker's English might be great, so he speaks English with confidence. Correct?
English with Max (1 year ago)
Both are correct, but they mean different things.
JPdynabook (1 year ago)
Wouldn't the correct form be "I'm not afraid of speaking English"?
Marzio Quaglino (2 years ago)
Hi Max I write from Italy. Thanks a lot for your English lessons. I'm afraid but I need a little explanation. I'm afraid of something (of spider, of frogs, and so on). But what about with verbs? I'm afraid TO do something (I'm afraid to drive fast) or I'm afraid OF doing something (I'm afraid of driving fast)? Thaks again
English with Max (2 years ago)
Hi Marzio! Thanks for your comment. That's a very good question. You can actually say either! i.e. to be afraid to do something OR to be afraid of doing something
Washington França (2 years ago)
thank you for the trip i speak portuguese here in brasil I have a doubt what is the difference between do and make here in brasil meaning fazer algo
Washington França (2 years ago)
ok
English with Max (2 years ago)
I'll try do a video on that at some stage ;). Don't worry, it's hard for nearly everyone who learns English as a second language!
Nikolay Sidorov (2 years ago)
Hi, Max! Why there are no new videos?
Nikolay Sidorov (2 years ago)
Then wait! :)
English with Max (2 years ago)
I took a small break over Easter :). I've almost finished editing a new one!
Amanda Du (2 years ago)
I‘m afraid of making mistakes
English with Max (2 years ago)
Thank you! I'm glad they're useful!
Amanda Du (2 years ago)
Your videos are very good for learning english! Love it!
English with Max (2 years ago)
Me too, because I'm such a perfectionist! But it's how we learn...
1953emo (2 years ago)
I am afraid of crazy football fans. I am afraid there isn't any video on YouTube by Max I haven't seen yet.(pls correct)
English with Max (2 years ago)
Nothing to correct! And I'm flattered that you watched them all!
sittoo nagesh (2 years ago)
I would like to appreciate your efforts for spreading the essential information on learning and improving. In short, your lectures/ advices are far better than fancy looking video(those videos are only for paying attention rather than people need). Have a great time.
English with Max (2 years ago)
Thanks very much! I'm glad you find them useful :).
Thomas Schmitt (2 years ago)
Im afraid of muslims and feminists but i im afraid its not political correct.
Thomas Schmitt (2 years ago)
You shouldnt judge people because of their political beliefs, thats racist.
English with Max (2 years ago)
Then I'm afraid we wouldn't get along.
Alfonso Rivera (2 years ago)
Well, although most people think I'm crazy, I've always been afraid of butterflies and moths... yes, I know that they are almost always harmless but I can't stand their blind-like flying...
English with Max (2 years ago)
Haha, that's fair enough :)
Kyungil Cho (2 years ago)
sounds good! carry on!
English with Max (2 years ago)
Thank you :)
Carlos Augusto (2 years ago)
As always, Another excellent video, miss Max. Those videos make me feel like wanting to meet you but I'm afraid that's not possible, isn't it?. Anyway, Congrats for your videos and See you!
English with Max (2 years ago)
Thanks again, Carlos! :)
EmeritusE (2 years ago)
I'm afraid that I've seen some huntsman from the farm field's of Western Australia that may change your disposition regarding spiders! Hideously huge things, they were...
English with Max (2 years ago)
Haha, I admit I don't particularly like them on me... or less than 30cm away form me ;)
Hi Max. Great job! * I'm afraid of scorpions, they have poisonous tails. (I like to listen to the Scorpions' songs. The German rock band.) * I'm afraid that I won't have time to watch your next video lessons. (I'm just kidding, I won't miss them!) (Please correct, thanks a lot.) Take care!
English with Max (2 years ago)
Nothing to correct! :) And thanks!
emilio campagnoli (2 years ago)
Nice video! Very interesting XD
English with Max (2 years ago)
Thank you again :)
Pasquale Cangiano (2 years ago)
Hi! I'm afraid of snakes. I'm afraid, I can't visit you this weekend! bye for now
English with Max (2 years ago)
👍 :)
Osama yousef (2 years ago)
it has the same meaning in Arabic. thank you
English with Max (2 years ago)
You're welcome :)
Rommel Ron (2 years ago)
I am afraid you are a beauty
English with Max (2 years ago)
Haha
Wilfried Mathias (2 years ago)
Thank you Max! I´m afraid of warmonger! I´m afraid there´s one born every minute.
English with Max (2 years ago)
👍
Donnie D. (2 years ago)
I'm afraid of nothing.
English with Max (2 years ago)
Nothing at all ;)?
Tikus241 (2 years ago)
I am afraid of no one. But I am afraid no one will believe me.
English with Max (2 years ago)
😄 very nice
Osama yousef (2 years ago)
👍😂 nice, but everyone has fears.
Ramashish Sharma (2 years ago)
I am afraid your answer is incorrect.
English with Max (2 years ago)
👍
Hosein Keshavarz (2 years ago)
Thanks. It used to be a dilemma in my mind for a long time!
English with Max (2 years ago)
I'm glad it helped!
Юрий Руденя (2 years ago)
I am afraide, this video didn't like watching paint dry and I am not afraide of spiders too (if they are little enough).
Юрий Руденя (2 years ago)
English with Max yes :0)
English with Max (2 years ago)
You mean, watching this video wasn't like watching paint dry? ;)
do you know youtube not shoing ads any video .what 's the problam can you tell me.
English with Max (2 years ago)
It's just because I haven't monetized my videos yet ;).
ShakilEmon (2 years ago)
I'm afraid of snakes. But, I'm afraid that I can't leave a snake alive whenever I see it.
English with Max (2 years ago)
Ohh..they're not all dangerous ;)
+ very smart! you made a video few secunds. what is main.
English with Max (2 years ago)
Thank you!
Srini S (2 years ago)
You teach very well.Thanks for the lesson.My sentence 1.I am afraid i can't go to the party with you this evening.2.I am afraid of Snakes.
English with Max (2 years ago)
Thanks! 👍
Bassel Hasan (2 years ago)
How often do you see spiders at your house? 😨
English with Max (2 years ago)
Not that frequently, haha :)
When I saw the titile of this vieo, I thought it's a joke xD 'cause I've never heard that there is the second meaning O_O at the thought of this word has another meaning I would like to say, what next, maybe a word CAT has another meaning too xD For example ( do you wanna I come over, no sorry I'm a cat of sky ) it means ( Im sleeping ) xD oh, nevertheless, now I know more than usual =) thx Max =) Have a nice day ^_^
it can't be true xD ok ok...I was surprised by the other meaning, thx Max =)
English with Max (2 years ago)
Hello again! I'm glad it was useful :). Haha, I was about to write: "There's only one meaning of cat." But then I looked it up, and I was wrong! http://www.thefreedictionary.com/cat
L. McClane (2 years ago)
So many new videos recently!! Yay!
English with Max (2 years ago)
Yes, I'm aiming for two a week now. I hope it lasts!
moussab alqaissy (2 years ago)
I'm afraid of snakes. I'm afraid I won't be able to come.
English with Max (2 years ago)
👍 :)
Ali H (2 years ago)
I'm afraid of heights. I'm afraid i wouldn't be able to subscribe... because Im already subscribed 😃😂
English with Max (2 years ago)
Haha, that's nice to hear :).
Ali H (2 years ago)
I'm early. yeah 1st 🤗🤗🙌
English with Max (2 years ago)
👏 😀

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