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Frightening vs. frightful #1 (permalink) Thu Oct 21, 2004 5:57 am   Frightening vs. frightful
 

Test No. incompl/inter-30 "Flying on a Plane", question 2

Landing is also a rather ......... experience, too.

(a) frightening
(b) frightened
(c) frights
(d) frightful

Test No. incompl/inter-30 "Flying on a Plane", answer 2

Landing is also a rather frightening experience, too.

Correct answer: (a) frightening

Your answer was: incorrect
Landing is also a rather frightful experience, too.
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Hello english teachers. Why frightful isn't fit?
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Frightful #2 (permalink) Thu Oct 21, 2004 11:05 am   Frightful
 

Hi,

This could be just about acceptable but I don't think you would add 'rather' to this adjective. If you did, the meaning would be 'disgusting' and is normally used to describe behaviour. The emphasis is on the fact that the passenger is frightened.

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Frightening vs. frightful #3 (permalink) Sun May 30, 2010 3:23 am   Frightening vs. frightful
 

hi Alain,

An experience, in itself, cannot cause fright, or terrifies unless it becomes sub-conscience’ tool, that is why frightening is better;it implies a state of feeling of fear.

By the way ,why does Torsen behind me? He is causelessly frightened by something that I can figure out.
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Frightening vs. frightful #4 (permalink) Sun May 30, 2010 5:14 am   Frightening vs. frightful
 

You know, Nabil, one might be tempted to say that your posts are frightful.

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