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I just want you to explain me the difference of the following expressions such as Don't be scared and don't scare. What does it mean to add be in the first sentence. Does it matter if we don't add be?

asked May 01 '14 at 19:14 Bhat Asif New member

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There is a big difference in these phrases.

Don't be scared.

'You' is the implied subject of this sentence, and the sentence says, 'You should not have fear.'


Don't scare.

'You' is the implied subject of this sentence as well, but it says, 'You should not scare someone else.'


Think of it as throwing a ball and the ball is fear.  The first sentence tells you not to catch the ball, and the second tells you not to throw it.

link comment answered May 02 '14 at 12:00 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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