Student or Learner
Miss White was very upset.... the news of her father's death.
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) Hopefully, a teacher will soon answer.
(2) I do not want to give you a wrong answer, so I shall NOT answer
YES or NO.
(3) I will, however, report what I found on the Web.
(a) About three years ago, a person named CJ at another helpline
gave some advice. CJ has a reputation for understanding grammar
very well. Here are some of his examples:
(i) John's parents were upset because of the car accident.
They reacted by feeling sad when they heard the news.
(ii) Karen felt crushed [super disappointed] because of her failure
on the exam.
= She reacted by feeling crushed when she heard the news.
(iii) Henry felt saddened because of the death of his grandfather.
He reacted by feeling sad when he heard the news.
Did you notice that CJ used because of the car accident/ her
failure/ the death.
Maybe (I do not know) CJ feels that one does not become
upset because of "news."
So maybe you could use "because of" this way:
"She was upset because of her father's death."
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