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    "To his utter surprise", "Much to his surprise"....

    Hi,


    please, can you tell me if these sentences I've made are correct? and if they mean the same as each other?


    1. Much to his surprise, he found the cat on his bed.
    2. To his utter surprise, he found the cat on his bed.
    3. He was extremely surprised that he found the cat on his bed.


    Thanks.

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    Re: "To his utter surprise", "Much to his surprise"....

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Hi,


    please, can you tell me if these sentences I've made are correct? and if they mean the same as each other?

    1. Much to his surprise, he found the cat on his bed.
    2. To his utter surprise, he found the cat on his bed.
    3. He was extremely surprised that he found the cat on his bed.

    Thanks.
    If 3. were: He was extremely surprised to find the cat on his bed, then yes, they mean similar things, except that "utter" and "extreme" are more superlative than "much".

    As 3. is written, it sounds to me like he has a very messy bed and, although he knew the cat was on it somewhere, he was surprised that he found it.

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    Re: "To his utter surprise", "Much to his surprise"....

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    As 3. is written, it sounds to me like he has a very messy bed and, although he knew the cat was on it somewhere, he was surprised that he found it.
    reminds me of a roommate I had a few years ago, college times, well, he had (very like that still has) a very messy bad, none could say if he was sleeping on it or attending classes at the campus, lots of boxes, pencils, erasers, clothes, sheets, towels, panties, underpanties, toothbrush, perfume... the list goes on. It would not be a surprise if someone finds a dead cat in that mess.
    Last edited by Offroad; 31-May-2009 at 09:07. Reason: typo

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    Re: "To his utter surprise", "Much to his surprise"....

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    If 3. were: He was extremely surprised to find the cat on his bed, then yes, they mean similar things, except that "utter" and "extreme" are more superlative than "much".


    Thanks. Yes, I meant without considering the intensity of those words.


    As 3. is written, it sounds to me like he has a very messy bed and, although he knew the cat was on it somewhere, he was surprised that he found it.

    Sigh! I would never learn how to use those things properly in my sentences.

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    Re: "To his utter surprise", "Much to his surprise"....

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Sigh! I would never learn how to use those things properly in my sentences.
    It's not that crucial. A lot of the meaning of a sentence comes from the context, and the way it's said, etc.

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    Re: "To his utter surprise", "Much to his surprise"....

    Language learners have that feeling all the time, don't worry. It's not just a mountain you're climbing, it's a whole mountain range you'll be driving through, with its ups and downs.

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