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    surprised by or surprised at

    "I was surprised at getting a quick fix to this problem."

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    ""I was surprised by getting a quick fix to this problem."

    When do we use "to be surprised at" and "to surprised by"?

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    Re: surprised by or surprised at

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "I was surprised at getting a quick fix to this problem."

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    ""I was surprised by getting a quick fix to this problem."

    When do we use "to be surprised at" and "to surprised by"?
    Neither, really. What surprised you was the speed. I'd say 'I was surprised at how quickly I got the problem fixed' or just 'The speed of the fix surprised me' (avoiding the question of which preposition to use).

    If you're surprised by something, you have a physical reaction (or lack of appropriate reaction): For example ' I was surprised by the extra step, and stumbled at the bottom of the stairs'/ 'He was surprised by the unexpected visitor, and went white as a sheet'.

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    Re: surprised by or surprised at

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Neither, really. What surprised you was the speed. I'd say 'I was surprised at how quickly I got the problem fixed' or just 'The speed of the fix surprised me' (avoiding the question of which preposition to use).

    If you're surprised by something, you have a physical reaction (or lack of appropriate reaction): For example ' I was surprised by the extra step, and stumbled at the bottom of the stairs'/ 'He was surprised by the unexpected visitor, and went white as a sheet'.

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    What if I'm surprised at..... What's the difference? Can I use a quick fix for a quck solution to the problem?

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