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    #1

    tremendously surprised

    If you were "very surprised" at your business partners notice of ending the relationship, is "tremendously surprised " or "pretty much shocked" adequate or what else?

    Your great cooperation has helped us to make a great development for the last 10 years.
    But I was tremendously surprised at that news that you will settle our relationship at the end of the year.

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    Re: tremendously surprised

    We've managed to build a robust business relationship over the last 10 years, so I was astonished to hear that you intend to terminate this relationship.

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    Re: tremendously surprised

    I want to emphasize the degree of "surprise", so can we say "shocked" or "tremendously astonished(surprised)" instead of mere "astonished"?

    so I was astonished to hear that you intend to terminate this relationshi

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    Re: tremendously surprised

    "Astonished" means surprised to a high degree. "Shocked" is not appropriate for formal writing.
    Last edited by tedmc; 08-Mar-2017 at 07:03.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: tremendously surprised

    If you say "pretty much", is it redundant?

    so I was (pretty much) astonished to hear that you intend to terminate this relationshi

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    #6

    Re: tremendously surprised

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    If you say "pretty much", is it redundant?

    so I was (pretty much) astonished to hear that you intend to terminate this relationship
    Not redundant, but contradictory. "Astonished" is a strong emotion; "pretty much" diminishes it. It would be more natural to write somewhat surprised than "pretty much astonished".
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