A thunder caught him <by trepidation>.

park sang joon

Senior Member
Korean
The following is of my own making.

1. A thunder caught him by trepidation.

I heard said we can't use "caught A by trepidation/ fear."
But I don't know the difference between "surprise" and "trepidation", so I'd like to know why I can't use "trepidation" while "surprise" right.

Thank you in advance for your help.
 
  • DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    Well, "trepidation" is a feeling of fear or anxiety over something about to happen. While in theory "caught by trepidation" should make sense, in practice it isn't idiomatic and nobody would say it. The only way I can really explain it is to say that "taken/caught by surprise" is almost a set phrase and doesn't really work if you try and use these other variations of it. Sorry :(.
     

    bennymix

    Senior Member
    A correct form would be: The thunder caused trepidation in him. :tick: If you want to add surprise, put "caught him by surprise and" after "thunder".

    The following is of my own making.

    1. A thunder caught him by trepidation.

    I heard said we can't use "caught A by trepidation/ fear."
    But I don't know the difference between "surprise" and "trepidation", so I'd like to know why I can't use "trepidation" while "surprise" right.

    Thank you in advance for your help.
     
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