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  1. keannu's Avatar
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    #1

    be shocked? get shocked?

    Is it possible to say "might be" shocked? It means before telling the news "she is already shocked". Doesn't it have to be "she might get shocked"?

    ex)You had better not tell the news to Jane. She might be shocked.

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    #2

    Re: be shocked? get shocked?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Is it possible to say "might be" shocked? It means before telling the news "she is already shocked". Doesn't it have to be "she might get shocked"?

    ex)You had better not tell the news to Jane. She might be shocked.
    "You had better not tell the news to Jane. She might be shocked." This is fine.

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    #3

    Re: be shocked? get shocked?

    To me, she might get shocked suggests an electric shock rather than a surprise.

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