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  1. tzfujimino's Avatar
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    a surprising story

    Hi, everyone.
    Long time no see.

    Today I have a question as to the usage of 'surprising.'
    First, please read the passage below.


    "Yuina, you're a kind girl. I can't do it because I have bad knees," he said.
    I started to pull out the weeds. Mr. Kondo sat on a chair in the garden and talked to me. He looked very happy. He said, "I am from Fukushima. In Fukushima we had a lot of snow in winter. We helped each other to remove the snow around our houses. When I was young, we often helped each other in our community. We called it yui. Yui means ties between people. I think it's a beautiful word. And, you know, the kanji for the word is in your name. You have a beautiful name."
    I was surprised to hear this. "I've never heard about yui before," I said.

    Question
    Put an appropriate word in each bracket.

    Mr. Kondo told Yuina about his ( a ) in Fukushima. People in his community helped each other and called it yui. That was a ( b ) story to her.



    There are some possibilities, I think.
    In ( a ), I would put 'experience', 'memory' or 'life.'
    In ( b ), I'd put 'surprising' or 'new.'

    However....one of my students asked an ALT(Assistant Language Teacher) if the word 'surprising' for ( b ) is OK or not, and he/she reportedly answered, "It's unusual. The word is not used that way."
    Is he/she sure???? I'm very confused now....

    Yuina was surprised to hear the story.
    The story was surprising to her.
    It was a surprising story to her.

    I cannot see any grammatical errors here.
    Could you please give me your comments on this one?
    (I would like some comments from native speakers of English.)

    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 19-Feb-2010 at 17:56.

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    #2

    Re: a surprising story

    Mr. Kondo told her a new story (a story she had never heard before) about his life in Fukushima. Part of it was surprising to her.


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    Re: a surprising story

    Thank you, Ron, as always.
    I suppose 'new' is better in this case.
    Would you think 'surprising' is also possible?

    Thank you again.

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    #4

    Re: a surprising story

    I wouldn't say it was a surprising story. That would mean she was expecting something else. Thus, she was surprised by the story he told her.


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