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I've got a sentence I will always get mixed up. And I would really appreciate it if you could help me get out of tough spot.

I'm afraid of the time I'm with you.

I'm afraid of when I'm with you.

I'm afraid when I'm with you.

which one is more correct than any other?

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If you rewrite the sentences, the meaning is clearer.

One and two mean the same thing, although I wouldn't say either.

The thing that I am afraid of is (when I am with you) or (the time that I am with you.)

In this case, when is referring to a time, "the time when x"

Sentence three means something different.

When I am with you, I am afraid.

In this case, when is a conditional, meaning almost the same thing as "if". (Almost, but not quite)

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What do you think about these all? Anyway...

I'm afraid when I'm with you

...is the quite clear among all.

I'm afraid of the time I'm with you

could be okay, but I don't think this is what you actually want

I'm afraid of when I'm with you.

Afraid of 'what?' It's not good.

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  • I'm wondeting if the 'when' clause can be used as the object of 'be afraid' the same way as 'that' clause can.
    – jihoon
    Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 8:33
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    @jihoon - You really ought to explain that in your question, not down in a comment on somebody's answer.
    – J.R.
    Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 11:19

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