Surprise, surprise!

About Words - Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog

by Kate Woodford

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Life is full of surprises, so they say. Sometimes the surprises are welcome and sometimes not, but however we feel about them, they are a fact of life. This week, then, we’re looking at the language that we use to talk about things that we are not expecting, and the way that we react to these things.

Something that happens suddenly, happens quickly, often when you are not expecting it: I don’t remember anything about the accident – it all happened so suddenly. Other ways of saying ‘suddenly’ are the phrases all of a sudden and all at once: He was walking along perfectly happily and then, all of a sudden, he collapsed./All at once, there was a loud crashing sound.

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