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    Hit me as an exceptionally unpleasant surprise.

    It hit me as an exceptionally unpleasant surprise that the cinema's management is studying increasing the entry ticket fee.
    1- Is it formal enough?
    2- How to convey the same meaning but in a stronger, yet polite and formal wording? (The meaning is that it's I see that it's a bad idea)

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    #2

    Re: Hit me as an exceptionally unpleasant surprise.

    1. Yes.
    2. You can hardly say it stronger than that. (You don't really need to say hit me as. You can just say was.)


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    #3

    Re: Hit me as an exceptionally unpleasant surprise.

    "It came as an extremely unpleasant surprise to me that the cinema's management is considering increasing the price of tickets."

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    Re: Hit me as an exceptionally unpleasant surprise.

    bhaisahab,
    Can I use "comes" instead of "came"?

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    Re: Hit me as an exceptionally unpleasant surprise.

    May I say 'shocking surprise'?

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    #6

    Re: Hit me as an exceptionally unpleasant surprise.

    I do no think 'shocking' collocates well with 'surprise'.
    You are either shocked or surprised, the former being more extreme.
    Last edited by tedmc; 13-Jun-2015 at 10:47.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: Hit me as an exceptionally unpleasant surprise.

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    bhaisahab,
    Can I use "comes" instead of "came"?
    Yes.

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    #8

    Re: Hit me as an exceptionally unpleasant surprise.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    May I say 'shocking surprise'?
    No. That doesn't work for me.

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    #9

    Re: Hit me as an exceptionally unpleasant surprise.

    Would it be stronger to say 'It is devastating news to me that...'?

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    Re: Hit me as an exceptionally unpleasant surprise.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Would it be stronger to say 'It is devastating news to me that...'?
    That would be an exaggeration.
    I am not a teacher.

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