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    Default shaken and shocked


    I'm shaken with what happened

    I'm shocked with what happened


    hi there,
    which one is more natural and correct, please?
    thanks

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    Default Re: shaken and shocked

    I'm (quite) shocked by the news/what has happened. This has (really) shaken me.

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    Default Re: shaken and shocked

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    I'm (quite) shocked by the news/what has happened. This has (really) shaken me.
    thanks David,
    do you agree that they have similar and interchangeable meanings?
    thanks again.

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    Default Re: shaken and shocked

    shock : a sudden upsetting or surprising event or experience (and as a noun) a feeling of disturbed surprise resulting from such an event.

    shake: upset the composure of; shock or astonish

    So- by the dictionary definition, one might think so. In actual use, to say "I was shocked by the news" carries far more sense of the intensity of the reaction than 'shaken', because 'shaken' has a much broader use, from a sense of 'having your feathers ruffled', being a bit disconcerted (=disturb the composure of; unsettle) to shaking like a leaf because you've nearly been hit by a car and killed. "shock' has the strong sense of 'suddenness' and that this affects one totally, one is then 'shaken up badly' as a result.

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