Using the verb "to dread"

Dread is normally followed by the gerund or a possessive adjective + the gerund. The most common exception is when dread is followed by the infinitive when used with think, in the expression I dread to think. Dread can also be followed by a noun.

  • I dread diving off the high board.
  • I dread driving at night.
  • I dread your leaving someday.
  • I dread his losing his way home.
  • I dread to think what might happen.
  • I dread to think about him disappearing.
  • I dread conflict.
  • I dread the night.