I noticed him surprised.

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jakartaman

Senior Member
Korean
Hi :)
1. I noticed him surprised at the news.
2. I noticed him get surprised at the news.
3. I noticed that he got surprised at the news.
Do all three sound idiomatic when I tried to mean "He got surprised when he heard the news and I was there to notice it"?
Thank you!
 
  • Keith Bradford

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    English (Midlands UK)
    No.3 is possible, but not the other two. But we'd probably say "I noticed that he was surprised at the news".

    The point is that surprise is, by its nature, so quick that people don't "get" surprised; first they aren't, then suddenly they are.
     
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