It was raining yesterday.

Suddenly a loud thunder strikes and lights off.

"I am afraid of dark."

"I am scare of dark."

What are the different between them?

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    It should be "I am afraid of the dark." and "I am scared of the dark."
    – Laurel
    Commented May 3, 2017 at 1:35

2 Answers 2


Afraid and scared are synonyms of each other, which means that they have similar meanings. They can be used interchangeably. The subtle difference between "scare" and "afraid" is that "scare" is a verb and "afraid" is an adjective. A better and more correct way of writing the second sentence would be:

I am scared of the dark.


Both your sentences are incorrect simply because they lack the definite article "the". Afraid as an adjective that means "feeling fear". We use it with of + noun, of + -ing form, a to-infinitive or a that-clause:

  • I am afraid of the dark

Scared can act both as a transitive and an intransitive verb. However, the second sounds much closer to my non-native ear. The first example is in the passive voice and the second one is in the active voice:

  • I am scared of the dark. (Passive - Present Indefinite)
  • The dark scares me. (Active- Present Indefinite)

I would also consider using the word "darkness" that may come without "the". However, it's a matter of choice.

  • I am afraid of darkness
  • Darkness scares me.
  • Hey, The is definite article :) Btw, Imo, I think "scared" is an adjective in "I am scared of the dark". Commented May 3, 2017 at 8:09

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