Expressing Surprise and Disbelief

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Expressing Surprise and Disbelief

 

NEUTRAL INFORMAL FORMAL
That’s very surprising.Really?

Here?

Is she?

That is a surprise.

What a surprise.

Good heavens.

That’s amazing/extraordinary.

My goodness.

What?No! I don’t believe it!

Are you serious?

Well, I never!

Oh, no!

Fantastic!

You don’t say.

Who’d have thought it?

Fancy that.

You’re kidding.

I find that very surprising.

I must say it surprises me.

I find it extraordinary.

Indeed?

How very surprising.

I must say it surprises me.

 

TASK 1

BELIEVE IT OR NOT!

Do you belief to the following statements??

1)       A cat gets married with a dog.

2)       A banana tree produces orange fruits.

3)       A woman gave a birth to a baby crocodile.

TASK 2

Study the following dialogue and underline which phrases express disbelief.

Alex     :  I went to Soraksan last weekend.

Brian     :  Really, who did you go with?

Alex     :  Only my girlfriend and I went.

Brian     :  You’re kidding… your girlfriend went with you?  Did anyone else go?

Alex     :  No, just the two of us.  We had a great time.  We climbed Sorak Mountain, had dinner at the Kensington Hotel and climbed up to Teetering Rock.  It was incredible.

Brian     :  Let me get this straight.  You and your girlfriend went alone to Sorak?

What about her folks and your folks, did they know about this trip.

Alex     :  Oh yeah…it was no problem.

Brian     :  Seriously,… I find this hard to believe… I know your parents, they wouldn’t allow this.

Alex     :  Honestly, it was no problem

Brian     :  Wow, I wish my folks were that liberal and open-minded.

LET’S COMPARE

EXPRESSIONS FUNCTIONS
ü      Are you serious?ü      No! I don’t believe it.

ü      You must be joking.

ü      You’re kidding.

Expressing disbelief
ü      Really?ü      That’s very surprising.

ü      What a surprise!

ü      My goodness.

Expressing surprise

 

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