There's no need to be afraid

  1. There’s no need to be afraid.
  2. There’s no need to be afraid of.

Question: May I know which one is correct?

Thank you!!!

Number 1 is correct.

If you wanted to use number 2, you would have to complete the sentence.
For example: There’s no need to be afraid of spiders.
Or you could say: There’s nothing to be afraid of.


Also, " May I know which one is correct? " is kind of unidiomatic - meaning it sounds wrong to me as a native English speaker but I find it difficult to say exactly why it sounds wrong :slight_smile:

If you were being extra polite, you could say “May I ask which one is correct?” - but that’s a construction which you’d normally only use if you were talking about something which you know is a sensitive issue for the person you’re talking to, which they might not be comfortable talking about.
Or you could say something like “Could someone tell me which one is correct”


“May I ask…” sounds fine here to me (American). I think it doesn’t necessarily imply a sensitive subject, but can mean “may I impose (on your precious time) to ask”. It is very polite. I agree “May I know…” is not correct.

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Thank you for pointing it out. I really appreciated it. I’ve learned something today.