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    Default To be startled

    1a. This early morning I had a nightmare. I was startled and woke up.
    1b. This early morning a nightmare made me startled and I woke up.

    Do the sentences above sound natural in informal speech?

    Thank you so much

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    Default Re: To be startled

    Quote Originally Posted by namloan View Post
    1a. This early morning I had a nightmare. I was startled and woke up.
    1b. This early morning a nightmare made me startled and I woke up.

    Do the sentences above sound natural in informal speech?

    Thank you so much
    Not really. We don't really get "startled" by a nightmare. They are frightening, terrifying, scary etc. I would say something like:

    Early this morning I had a terrifying nightmare which woke me up.

    Note the word order of "Early this morning" not "this early morning".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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