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  1. WestChica
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    Please, correct me

    I was taken aback by the news of Yeltsin death

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    Re: Please, correct me

    Yeltsin's
    and don't forget a period.
    Otherwise, you're good to go.

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    What does it mean 'taken aback'? Is it like 'to be shaken with the news'?

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    What does it mean 'taken aback'? Is it like 'to be shaken with the news'?
    I also don't know what's the meaning of that "taken aback" :(

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    I will wait for anybody who knows it.

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    Re: Please, correct me

    taken aback:

    "Surprised or startled by a sudden turn of events."

    Definition and example come from here.

    For example:

    "I don't think I was ever so taken aback in all my life."

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    to be shocked or caught by surprise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    and don't forget a period.
    why not "the"? It only needs one period.

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    A period, or as old 'uns would say a 'full stop' at the end of the sentence.

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    Oh, now, curmudgeon, I'm an old 'un too, but an American old one, so I'll stick with period.

    The reason I said "a period" is because there is more than one period in the universe. However, we could also say "the period" because you would understand that I mean "the period at the end of this sentence we are discussing." Either is okay.

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