Surprisingly/ surprisedly

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Is there a difference in usage between 'surprisingly' and 'surprisedly'? I don't remember using the latter form at all while in school.
  • Egmont

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    English - U.S.
    Both are used, but they mean different things.

    "Surprisingly" refers to the statement or event that caused a surprise. "Surprisingly, far more Spaniards have high-speed Internet connections than Americans." (I don't know if that's true, but if it is, it might surprise some people to hear it.)

    "Surprisedly" describes a person's reaction to a statement or event. " 'I didn't expect you until tomorrow,' said Tom surprisedly as he hurried to straighten out the mess on his desk."
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