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So surprised or so shocked

Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:02 am
by Stevenloan
Hi everybody! What common idioms do you use to describe when you are so surprised or so shocked that you cannot speak?

Your answers will be greatly appreciated.

StevenLoan

Re: So surprised or so shocked

Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:15 pm
by tony h
speechless

Re: So surprised or so shocked

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:18 am
by Stevenloan
tony h : Thanks so much for your answer.

StevenLoan

Re: So surprised or so shocked

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:36 am
by Erik_Kowal
"I'm {dumbfounded / dumbstruck / gobsmacked / struck dumb}".

"I'm lost for words".

"I have no words".

Of course, this situation can also be described using the past tense: "I had no words", etc.

Re: So surprised or so shocked

Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:06 am
by Stevenloan
Erik : Thanks a lot for your versions. They are a big help to me.

StevenLoan

Re: So surprised or so shocked

Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:22 pm
by Phil White
For me, "speechless" and "lost for words" are by far the most common of the alternatives suggested, at least in modern colloquial English.

Re: So surprised or so shocked

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:58 am
by Stevenloan
Phil White : Thanks very much for your answer. It really helps.

StevenLoan