I wrote that "I am afraid of freedom". A proofreader changed it to 'fear freedom' I thought both are similar meanings like the feeling of being in danger.

  • I assume you mean "I am afraid of freedom" vs. "I fear freedom".
    – user3169
    Apr 26, 2016 at 3:04
  • This is more of an issue of style than grammar. 'Fear' can be seen as a stronger emotion; it carries connotations of terror much more than 'afraid' does. Also, 'afraid' suggests timidness, which is not so apparent with 'fear'. The shortening of the sentence also makes the statement 'stand out' more, if you know what I mean, which may be the effect the proofreader is trying to achieve. Just my two-cents worth. Apr 26, 2016 at 7:37

2 Answers 2


Actually your sentence

I am afraid of freedom.

is grammatically correct, understandable, and useable.

I fear freedom.

is also correct, understandable, and useable.

Both mean you are concerned about how freedom might effect you.

Fear is what you feel when you are afraid of something.


Both the sentences are correct. Fear is nothing but a verb, and afraid is an adjective. To make the sentence concise, your proofreader may have applied this change


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