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    Prepositions

    Hello!

    My name is Maggy, I'm an English teacher from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    I would like to ask for your help.

    Please, in the following sentence, which is the correct preposition?

    "I was surprised at/by how much I enjoyed using the cameras"

    I think the correct one is "at", but another English teacher said that I was wrong and that the proper one is "by".

    I thank you in advance for your kind help.

    Maggy

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    Re: Prepositions

    Quote Originally Posted by maggyaf View Post
    Hello!

    My name is Maggy, I'm an English teacher from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    I would like to ask for your help.

    Please, in the following sentence, which is the correct preposition?

    "I was surprised at/by how much I enjoyed using the cameras"

    I think the correct one is "at", but another English teacher said that I was wrong and that the proper one is "by".

    I thank you in advance for your kind help.

    Maggy

    Both are correct, but "by" is the most typical and usual.

    surprised by - tells how someone is surprised or what surprises someone - one's surprise is made possible by something

    surprised at - one's surprise is aimed in the direction of something

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