be surprised to do or at doing?

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Takahero

Senior Member
Japanese
Hello.
When surprised is followed by a verb, to is normally used as in a.
Is it also possible to use at as in b?

a.I was surprised to hear the news.
b.I was surprised at hearing the news.
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    They are very similar, you can also say "I was surprised by/when/upon/on hearing the news. -> this participle form has the nuance of "...at the time I heard..."
     
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