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    Default What does 'I can't say I am surprised' mean?

    Hi there,

    I m so confused with the sentence 'I can't say i am surprised.' Does it mean 'I am surprised' or 'I am NOT surprised'?

    Thank you in advance!

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    Default Re: What does 'I can't say I am surprised' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by straw_1212 View Post
    Hi there,

    I'm so confused with the sentence 'I can't say I am surprised.' Does it mean 'I am surprised' or 'I am NOT surprised'?

    Thank you in advance!
    It means "I am not surprised".

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    Default Re: What does 'I can't say I am surprised' mean?

    It's a facetious way of saying that someone is not surprised.

    Native speaker, but not a teacher.

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    Default Re: What does 'I can't say I am surprised' mean?

    Great thanks to both of you!

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    Default Re: What does 'I can't say I am surprised' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by straw_1212 View Post
    Hi there,

    I m so confused with the sentence 'I can't say i am surprised.' Does it mean 'I am surprised' or 'I am NOT surprised'?

    Thank you in advance!

    ***** A NON-TEACHER's COMMENT *****


    Martha: What's wrong?

    Joe: The principal (headmaster/headteacher) has kicked me out of

    school (expelled me).

    Martha: Well, I cannot say that I am surprised that the school has

    expelled you.

    Joe: Why can you not say that you are surprised (that the school

    has expelled me)?

    Martha: Because you are always causing trouble. I knew that one

    day you would get kicked out. So it is no surprise to me.


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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