Fear in French

How would one say "fear" as in "fear the worst" in French? Thanks

April 7, 2018


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"to fear" as a verb is "craindre"

"Fear the worst" is "craindre le pire"

April 7, 2018

Also "avoir peur de."

April 7, 2018

I'd say "avoir peur de" is closer to "be afraid of" than "fear": we say "Je crainds le pire" but never "J'ai peur du pire"

April 7, 2018

Then, how would I express that I'm cynophobic? « J'ai peur des chiens » or « Je crainds les chiens »?

April 8, 2018

When it is about a phobia, we say "peur" more than "crains". You can add that it is a phobia if the fear is really that strong "J'ai la phobie des chiens" :)

April 9, 2018
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