Confuse vs bewilder vs puzzle

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Thomasage, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. Thomasage

    Thomasage Senior Member

    Russian
    Hi there,
    What's differecnce between these three verbs:
    1) This situation confuses me. I don't know what we should do.
    2) This situation bewilders me. I don't know what we should do.
    3) This situation puzzles me. I don't know what we should do.

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    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. Florentia52

    Florentia52 Modwoman in the attic

    Wisconsin
    English - United States
    All three are grammatically correct. The choice would depend on context. What situation did you have in mind?
     
  3. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    1) This situation confuses me. -> said in a context in which you do not understand something - a situation in which you think that what you are being told to do is impossible but the person telling you insists you must do it.
    2) This situation bewilders me. -> said in a context in which you have never before experienced anything like that situation and cannot understand what is happening.
    3) This situation puzzles me. -> said in a context in which you expected one particular thing to happen, but something completely different has happened and you cannot work out why it has happened.
    This is not something that WRF will do: It is you who must find examples and give context and a source. :thumbsup:
     
  4. Florentia52

    Florentia52 Modwoman in the attic

    Wisconsin
    English - United States
  5. Thomasage

    Thomasage Senior Member

    Russian
    Thank you very much. Now I can differentiate them. And sorry for asking additional examples (I didn't know)
     

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