Spaventa vs paura

sebongela

sebongela

What is the difference between spaventa and paura. Can either be used to express fear

caterina-rocket-italian-tutor

caterina-rocket-italian-tutor

Hi sebongela, 

Thanks for your question!
The verb "spaventare" and  "fare paura" are interchangeable (in almost every case!).

In fact, you could say:
  • Quel mostro mi fa paura. (that monster scares me)
as well as:
  • Quel mostro mi spaventa. (that monster scares me)

In other cases, you may wish to use "avere paura" (to be scared of):
  • Ho paura di volare (I'm scared of flying).
  • Non aver paura di dire ciò che pensi (Don't be scared of saying what you think).
Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

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