ENG GRAMMER THX
It continues to suppress the mass media for fear that such reports will harm the reputation of the country.
Why not - fearing
- SC147Lv 66 years agoFavorite Answer
(1) " for fear that " = in order to prevent / avoid the risk of ( 以防 )
" for fear that " :-- is an idiomatic expression , 即「成語」, 因此並不可以作任何改動 ( ∴不可以寫 " for fearing that " )
e.g. She stays home for fear that the weather will turn bad soon.
e.g. She would not let her children climb trees for fear that they would fall.
(2) " for fearing that " - 錯 ,
但 " .... , fearing that ..." 卻是「正確」 :-
因為這樣寫 , " fearing that ..." 就是一句 clause , 是一句sentence 的一部份 (並不是成語 ! )
e.g. She stays home , fearing that the weather will turn bad soon.
e.g. She would not let her children climb trees , fearing that they would fall.
∴ 寫 (i) " for fear that " , or (ii) " fearing that " 都可以 !
As in your example , it would be :
(i) It continues to suppress the mass media for fear that such reports ..., or
(ii) It continues to suppress the mass media , fearing that such reports ...
2015-07-13 13:02:45 補充：
Need to clarify ：
『" for fear that " :-- is an idiomatic expression , 即「成語」』這一句 ，應改為：-
『" for fear that " :-- is an idiomatic expression , 就相當於 Chinese language 的「成語」』
(用意是引用 Chinese language 的「成語」作比較，指出 English language 的 "idiomatic expression" 也絕對是「不可改動」！
2015-07-13 13:09:09 補充：
Godfrey， many thanks for reminding ！
你很棒，"idiomatic expression" 是應該釋為「慣用語」，跟「成語」有分別；
Yahoo 字典 都只是將它釋作「成語」
- GodfreyLv 76 years ago
for fear that 只能說是"慣用語", 不是 "成語" , fear 是 noun
fearing that .... fearing 是 present participle, usually followed by a noun clause
for fear that .... 和 for fear of something
個人習慣稱它是 fixed expression
2015-07-12 20:35:56 補充：
idiom 有兩三個解釋, 大多數人解"成語"
a group of words in a fixed order that have a particular meaning that is different from the meanings of each word on its own
e.g. under the weather
idiom 可以解 "慣用語"
a particular style in language, art, or music
- 石破天驚Lv 46 years ago
Yes, I think you've given a better reference, so I've deleted my answer.
- 知足常樂Lv 76 years ago
"for fear that" 是連接詞「以免…；唯恐」
這個 fear 是名詞 (noun)，不是動詞 (verb)。
2015-07-11 23:32:54 補充：
Rocky, you are finally back!
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2015-07-12 17:40:02 補充：
Oh, I do not mean to waste your effort.
Also, I did not intend to answer this post.
My comment was just a reference to the poster to read.
Sorry for confusing.
Your answer (now deleted) was informative and helpful, actually you should keep it.
Take care and see you around again.