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    Smile What does 'Much to my surprise' mean?

    Hello everyone,

    I want to know what does 'much to my surprise' mean?
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Re: What does 'Much to my surprise' mean?

    This very much surprised me.

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    Re: What does 'Much to my surprise' mean?

    This sort of 'much to' works with quite a few 'reaction' words: BNC has these :

    1 MUCH TO HER SURPRISE 15
    2 MUCH TO MY SURPRISE 14
    3 MUCH TO HIS SURPRISE 8
    4 MUCH TO THEIR CREDIT 3
    5 MUCH TO THEIR CHAGRIN 3
    6 MUCH TO HIS TASTE 3
    7 MUCH TO HIS ADVANTAGE 3
    8 MUCH TO YOUR CREDIT 3
    9 MUCH TO HER FATHER 2
    10 MUCH TO HIS CREDIT 2
    11 MUCH TO HIS LIKING 2
    12 MUCH TO HER ANNOYANCE 2
    13 MUCH TO HIS RELIEF 2
    14 MUCH TO HIS REGRET 2
    15 MUCH TO MY DISAPPOINTMENT 2
    16 MUCH TO MY ASTONISHMENT 2
    17 MUCH TO HIS DIRECTION 2
    18 MUCH TO MY EMBARRASSMENT 2
    19 MUCH TO MY DISTRESS 2
    20 MUCH TO MY DISGUST 2
    21 MUCH TO MY REGRET 2
    22 MUCH TO THEIR DISAPPOINTMENT 2
    23 MUCH TO MY HUSBAND 2
    24 MUCH TO MY HORROR 2
    25 MUCH TO THEIR SURPRISE 2
    ...
    + 83 others with a frequency of only 1.

    But 'surprise' is by far and away the most common - my your and his account for about a fifth: 37 out of 181.

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    Last edited by BobK; 08-Apr-2013 at 15:08. Reason: Added least line

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