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    Lightbulb surprised/ kidding/joking etc

    I have to make a lesson plan & language analysis for the following:

    Saying you are surprised:

    Are you joking?
    Are you kidding?
    I can't believe it

    Saying you are not surprised:

    no wonder
    to be honest
    I bet
    imagine
    wouldn't

    I am having trouble finding ways to convey the message. I want to students to understand without me having to lecture them..

    any ideas?

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    Re: surprised/ kidding/joking etc

    For saying you're surprised, I would guess the first two are more directed towards shock towards news- conformation seems unnecessary, I'd use the sentence. For the 'not surprised' one, the first option seems like a direct shoot. Additionally, you could use 'That's unbelievable', for the first one, or 'That comes as no surprise,' for the second one. What's the target age group here? I hope I helped

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    Re: surprised/ kidding/joking etc

    i'm making a lesson plan and in it I have to convey the meaning of certain expressions like "i'm not surprised" - "No wonder he..." but I think its coming together now but, I am still unsure about "are you kidding?"

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    #4

    Re: surprised/ kidding/joking etc

    "Are you kidding?" "Are you joking?" "Are you serious?"

    These expressions are used indicate surprise combined with doubt.

    A middle-aged rotund man tells his friend, "I am going to run the marathon next month." His friend could reply with any of those three questions.

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    Re: surprised/ kidding/joking etc

    great examples

    thank you

    I just went through a "mind freeze" hopefully it is over now

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    Re: surprised/ kidding/joking etc

    Mind freezes happen to everybody.

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