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.