Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Sunday October 24, 2010

temer, verb:
to be afraid

As seen in an earlier Word of the Day, temer is a more formal way than tener miedo of saying that someone is afraid.

Teme al profesor.
He’s afraid of the teacher.

If you or someone is afraid that something will happen, you use temer que and the subjunctive:

Temen que se pueda* producir un recalentamiento de la economía.
They’re worried that the economy might overheat.

But when you want to say that you are afraid that something actually is so, rather than possibly being so at some time in the future, you use the indicative.

Me temo que seguirá así.
I’m afraid it will go on like this.

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