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QUESTION: greetings maam.please tell me which option will be correct in the sentence:
i was ....surprised at hearing the news.much/very

and why?

ANSWER: Hi Anabell,

both versions are correct:

I was very surprised at hearing the news.
I was much surprised at hearing the news.

but fewer people say "much surprised" compared to "very surprised"

I hope this helps.


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QUESTION: greetings man thank you for your reply actually I had this question in one of my tests so I did not know which option was correct that is why I wanted to know the correct answer.

Not sure if I understand this correctly Anabell...

was it a multiple choice question where only one of the two options is correct?

If that's the case, then definitely "I was very surprised..." should be the right choice.

"much surprised" is as I said rarely used, but it is also correct


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