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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
    Category: grammar
    Author: dc

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  Notes:  
V辞書形 + 恐れがある
NOUN +  の + 恐れがある
 
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ex #1209   戦争になるおそれがある 
There is the likelihood of a war.  
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(dc)
ex #1277   この販売方法は独禁法に触れるおそれがある 
This method of sale has the likelihood of violating the Antitrust Law.  
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(dc)
ex #3293   日本産のトキは絶滅のおそれがある。 
Nipponia Nippon (bird) is in danger of extinction.  
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(Miki)
ex #3294   この車は、予算より高いおそれがある。 
I worry that this car may be more expensive than my budget.  
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(Miki)
ex #3295   気が付いたときには遅すぎるおそれがある。 
I'm afraid that it may be too late when you realize it.  
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(Miki)
ex #4744   この小屋は倒壊のおそれがある 
This hut is in danger of falling down.  
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(dc4)
ex #4745   そういう事故は再発するおそれがある 
Such an accident is likely to happen again.  
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(dc4)
ex #5739   すごく重くなるおそれがあるけど、試してみたい  
I worry it will be really heavy, but id like to try it  
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(dc)
ex #6829   今、対策をたてないと大事故につながるおそれがある 
I am afraid that this big accident is related with the fact that counter-measure have not been taken immediately.  
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(赤毛)
ex #6830   知人の会社は経営が相当苦しそうで、このままではつぶれるおそれがある 
I worry that the society of my friend, because the management seems extremely difficult, go to bankrupt if it stays as it is.  
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(赤毛)
ex #6831   雨が降っている夜には、できるだけ運転しない方がいい。事故を起こすおそれがある 
When it rains at night, if at all possible, I prefer not drive. I am afraid about causing an accident.  
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(赤毛)
ex #6832   そのプランでは、失敗するおそれがありますよ。 
I fear that that plan may fail.  
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(赤毛)
ex #7180   早く手術じゃないと手遅れになる恐れがある 
I'm afraid that if we do not do surgery soon it will be too late.  
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(sureshnihon)
ex #7181   この病気は伝染の恐れがありません. 
This sickness doesn't have the fear of infection.  
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(sureshnihon)
ex #8395   地震による津波が沿岸を襲う恐れがある 
There is a possibility that a tsunami cause by the earthquake will strike the coast.  
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(karekano)
ex #8396   ここにいれば雨にぬれる恐れがありません。  
We are safe from the rain here.  
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(karekano)

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  See Also:  
  • kanousei    (可能性 can also be used for 'nice' outcomes but おそれがある is generally for 'nasty' possibilities.) [Amatuka]
  • kiraigaaru    ( is very formal) [dc]
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  Comments:  
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.
 
dcIs this always used for things that have a negative outcome? 
bamboo4Yes, おそれ is related to "fear" so that the expression generally relate to those that have a negative consequence. 
dcQ: can this be used with adjectives, or just verb-plain?

この車は高いおそれがある
I worry that this car is expensive.
〜高すぎるおそれがある
~ 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..
 
MMI 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. 
MMI 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# - Is this sentence correct? It sounds more like is should say: There is no fear of this illness being contagious. 

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