恐れがある [おそれがある] (osoregaaru)
Meaning: worry about, there is a possibility, there is fear that
Example: i worry this illness might be contagious
JLPT Level: 2
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|bamboo4||戦争に なる おそれがある literally means "There is the likelihood of a war breaking out" and does not mean "I worry there might be a war."|
I also added an example.
|dc||Is this always used for things that have a negative outcome?|| |
|bamboo4||Yes, おそれ is related to "fear" so that the expression generally relate to those that have a negative consequence.|| |
|dc||Q: can this be used with adjectives, or just verb-plain?|
I worry that this car is expensive.
~ too expensive
|bamboo4||この車は高いおそれがある is awkward and not normally used. |
〜高すぎるおそれがある is okay but still somewhat awkward.
恐らくこの車は高すぎる may be acceptable..
|MM||I ran these examples past a native speaker (a teacher of English). From what he said, if it refers to something physically happening (a war starting, a house collapsing, etc) then おそれがある is natural. If it refers to a situation (as in 3294) then だろう is natural sounding.|| |
|MM||I should add that he said that all the examples were gramatically acceptable - only that some didn't sound entirely natural.|| |
|leslie||恐れ おそれ (n) fear/ horror/ (P) (WWWJDIC)|
Q: is the kanji ever used in this contruction?
|bamboo4||懼れ or 虞|| |
|melty||#7181 - Is this sentence correct? It sounds more like is should say: There is no fear of this illness being contagious.|| |
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