la peur / fear

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la peur fear

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La peur v. une peur

LA peur is a general state, whilst UNE peur is a particular fear, such as fear of spiders. It might be valuable to point this out in the lesson. I just today discovered this wrinkle.

Asked 1 year ago
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Max !

This distinction is the same as in English between "fear" and "a fear of...".

I'm guessing that you're talking about the distinction between 

J'ai peur des araignées.
I'm scared of spiders.
vs
J'ai une peur bleue des araignées.
I have a huge (literally "blue") fear of spiders.

I'd say the rule is you use "une peur" when you want to qualify the fear with an adjective.

I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !

La peur v. une peur

LA peur is a general state, whilst UNE peur is a particular fear, such as fear of spiders. It might be valuable to point this out in the lesson. I just today discovered this wrinkle.

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