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    dido4 is offline Member
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    be surprised by?

    1. The news surprised me.

    2. I am surprised at the news.

    Can I say: I was surprised by the news. Can I use by?

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    Re: be surprised by?

    I think the fact that both prepositions work reveals something of the adjectival nature of the past participle (surprised). We see a construction (be + V-ed) that merely resembles a passive construction, IMO.

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    Re: be surprised by?

    Quote Originally Posted by dido4 View Post
    1. The news surprised me.

    2. I am surprised at the news.

    Can I say: I was surprised by the news. Can I use by?

    Thank you.
    Yes you can.

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