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I came across these two sentences below:

  1. I am afraid the watch has been stolen.
  2. I afraid the killer escaped from the jail.

What is the difference between "I afraid" and "I am afraid"?

By the way, I heard the second sentence in a movie. I guess the second sentence is informal though I am not sure about this.

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    I’m guessing the second one has not been transcribed correctly or was spoken by a non-native speaker. – Jim Jun 3 at 3:39
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    The second is not informal. It is not even a sentence. – tchrist Jun 3 at 4:13
  • I'm afraid you either misheard or the speaker in the movie was talking in broken English. Please supply the title of the movie IN your question and if possible the name of the character who spoke this line. – Mari-Lou A Jun 3 at 6:56
  • In a comment on an answer, you say that the film is Murder on the Orient Express. There are scripts available online for this film, and none of the scripts have the expression "killer escaped" let alone the full sentence. It's more likely you misheard it. If you can't point to the exact occurrence of the words you think are wrong, it makes it difficult for us to work out where (or even if) the error has occurred. – Chappo Jun 3 at 7:51
  • Sorry! Maybe i misheard – Muhammad Jahid Jun 3 at 8:43

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