Talking about fear

There are many words and expressions you can use to talk about fear.


  • How did you feel?
  • How did you react?
  • What was your reaction?
  • Were you afraid of…?
  • Were you scared of…?
  • Were you terrified of…?


I was terrified, spooked, petrified …
afraid of …
frightened of …
scared of …
It was a terrifying ordeal.
It scared the hell out of me.
sent shivers out of me.
frightened the life out of me.
gave me goosebumps.
I jumped out of my skin.
shook with fear.

Short dialogue

Latifa is talking about her fear when she saw the criminal

Nancy: How did you feel when you saw the criminal?
Latifa: I jumped out of my skin.


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