So surprised or so shocked

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So surprised or so shocked

Post by Stevenloan » Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:02 am

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.

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Re: So surprised or so shocked

Post by tony h » Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:15 pm

speechless
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Re: So surprised or so shocked

Post by Stevenloan » Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:18 am

tony h : Thanks so much for your answer.

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Re: So surprised or so shocked

Post by Erik_Kowal » Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:36 am

"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.
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Re: So surprised or so shocked

Post by Stevenloan » Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:06 am

Erik : Thanks a lot for your versions. They are a big help to me.

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Re: So surprised or so shocked

Post by Phil White » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:22 pm

For me, "speechless" and "lost for words" are by far the most common of the alternatives suggested, at least in modern colloquial English.
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Re: So surprised or so shocked

Post by Stevenloan » Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:58 am

Phil White : Thanks very much for your answer. It really helps.

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