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    startle and engage in

    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions to ask:

    No.1
    The sound of the cannon __________ the new soldiers.
    a. startled b. stunned
    The key is 'a'. My question is: Can I choose 'b'?

    No.2
    Once Mrs Kirkpatrick engages you in conversation, you're stuck with her for half an hour.
    My questions is: Can I say ....engages you in the conversation?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: startle and engage in

    If you are startled, you may jump.
    If you are stunned, you are temporarily frozen into inactivity. Startled seems the more likely choice> Although someone who is terribly afraid of loud noises might be stunned, it seems unlikely that a group of soldiers would all react that way.

    "engage in conversation" simply means to start talking to you. If you use the definite article, "the conversation," you are now referring to a specific conversation. This does not work the general nature of the statement about the chatty lady.

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    Re: startle and engage in


    Dear Barb_D,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I understand them.
    Jiang

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    If you are startled, you may jump.
    If you are stunned, you are temporarily frozen into inactivity. Startled seems the more likely choice> Although someone who is terribly afraid of loud noises might be stunned, it seems unlikely that a group of soldiers would all react that way.

    "engage in conversation" simply means to start talking to you. If you use the definite article, "the conversation," you are now referring to a specific conversation. This does not work the general nature of the statement about the chatty lady.

    [a writer, not a teacher]

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