How To Say Scared in French = Avoir Peur De [+13 Examples]

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In this grammar lesson, you will learn how to say scared in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to say scared in French
  • how to say scared in French is used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to say scared in French
  • how to say scared in French Anki files can be downloaded.

Please refer to the French A1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this fits in French A1.

By the end of the lesson, you will know all about how to say to scared in French!

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How to say Scared in French with Nouns/People

If you want to say that you are scared of something or someone, then you will use the following idiom.

  1. Avoir peur de [quelque chose/quelqu’un] = To be scared of [something/someone]

The literal meaning is “to have fear of”.

Please have a look at the following examples to see how avoir peur de is used in French.

Je sais que tu as peur de la hauteur.

I know you are scared of heights.

I know you are afraid of heights.

As-tu peur de l’ours ?

Are you scared of the bear?

Are you afraid of the bear?

Il a peur du noir.

He is scared of the dark

He is afraid of the dark.

Nous avons peur de Louis.

We are scared of Louis.

We are afraid of Louis.

Vous avez peur des araignées ?

Are you scared of spiders?

Are you afraid of spiders?

Ils ont peur de Mme Umbridge.

They are scared of Ms Umbridge.

They are afraid of Ms Umbridge.

Please go over the contraction lesson, if you need a reminder on how de can contract to du/de la/de l’/des.

How to say Scared in French with Verbs

If you want to say that you are scared of doing something, then you will use the following idiom.

  1. Avoir peur de [faire quelque choseTo be scared of [doing something]

J’ai peur de mourir

I am afraid to die.

J’ai peur de tomber.

I am afraid to fall.

Il a peur de faire des erreurs.

He is afraid of making mistakes.

Elle a peur de nager.

She is afraid to swim.

Please note that after avoir peur de, you have to use the infinitive (full verb).

How to say Scared in French with Stress Pronouns

If you want to say that you are scared and use a pronoun, then you will use the following idiom:

  1. Avoir peur de [moi, toi, lui, elle, nous, vous, eux, elles] = To be scared of [me, you, him, her, us, you, them]

Vous avez peur de moi, n’est-ce pas ?

You are afraid of me, aren’t you?

J’ai peur de toi.

I’m afraid of you.

Il a peur de lui.

He is afraid of him.

Please note that after avoir peur de, you have to use stress pronouns, instead of the regular subject pronouns (je, tu, il/elle/on, nous, vous, ils/elles).

Examples Sentences with How to say Scared in French

The final section of this lesson on how to say scared in French is about seeing the idiom avoir peur de in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to say scared in French through examples.

Je sais que tu as peur de la hauteur.

I know you are scared of heights.

I know you are afraid of heights.

J’ai peur de mourir

I am afraid to die.

J’ai peur de tomber.

I am afraid to fall.

J’ai peur de toi.

I’m afraid of you.

As-tu peur de l’ours ?

Are you scared of the bear?

Are you afraid of the bear?

Il a peur du noir.

He is scared of the dark

He is afraid of the dark.

Il a peur de faire des erreurs.

He is afraid of making mistakes.

Elle a peur de nager.

She is afraid to swim.

Il a peur de lui.

He is afraid of him.

Nous avons peur de Louis.

We are scared of Louis.

We are afraid of Louis.

Vous avez peur de moi, n’est-ce pas ?

You are afraid of me, aren’t you?

Vous avez peur des araignées ?

Are you scared of spiders?

Are you afraid of spiders?

Ils ont peur de Mme Umbridge.

They are scared of Ms Umbridge.

They are afraid of Ms Umbridge.

Quiz Yourself on How to Say Scared in French

It’s not enough just to read the article on this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and do them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

Anki File for How to Say Scared in French

It is important to do the Anki exercises for this lesson so that you can better remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A1, you can practice every French A1 lesson that is on Language Atlas. This is recommended as you will have every lesson that you need. You shouldn’t miss out on the complete learning experience!

You can also choose to just get the Anki File for French A1 Idioms. This only has the idioms for French A1.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or if you don’t know what Anki is, then please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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