UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/sərˈpraɪzd/US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/sɚˈpraɪzd, sə-/

From the verb surprise: (⇒ conjugate)
surprised is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. frankly I'm surprised (that)
  2. I'm [a little, a bit, quite] surprised (that)
  3. I'm not (at all) surprised
  4. Really? I'm surprised
  5. surprised to see you [there, like that]
  6. was surprised to [learn, hear] that
  7. surprised at what you [said, did]
  8. surprised at the [findings, results]
  9. was surprised that they [came, showed up] (at all)
  10. I'm surprised you [haven't, didn't, weren't]
  11. surprised when you [said, did]
  12. surprised and [delighted, impressed, pleased]
  13. was surprised because
  14. was [pleasantly, extremely, hardly, completely] surprised
  15. was so surprised she [screamed, dropped, jumped]
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. a [pleasant, nice, great, horrible, shocking, big] surprise
  2. is in for a [pleasant] surprise
  3. the [win, performance, medal] was a big surprise
  4. [love, hate] surprises
  5. it was no surprise (that)
  6. what a surprise!
  7. is going to [get, have, find] a nice surprise
  8. it was a surprise to [bump, run] into him (at the party)
  9. it came as a surprise [hearing, reading] about
  10. it will come as no surprise [that, to]
  11. it was a surprise to [me, all, everyone]
  12. a surprise to all the [guests, visitors, friends, workers]
  13. was caught by surprise [by, when]
  14. [took, caught] me by surprise
  15. [lack, lost, have] the element of surprise
  16. raised his eyebrows in surprise
  17. an expression of surprise
  18. the element of surprise was [key, vital, crucial]
n as adj
  1. threw her a surprise [party, birthday party, celebration]
  2. a surprise [test, inspection, exam]
  3. (launch) a surprise attack [on, against] the [enemy, politician]
  4. was a surprise [hit, success, bestseller]
  5. was the surprise winner (of)
  6. a surprise attack
  7. made a surprise [announcement, appearance] (at)
  8. [got, received] a surprise [call, visit] from
  1. surprise your [students, children, partner]
  2. surprised [her family, all his friends] (by)
  3. surprised them by [saying, announcing, suggesting]
  4. surprise her with a [trip, gift]
  5. you surprise me sometimes
  6. nothing surprises me anymore
  7. it [might, may] surprise you to [know, learn, hear]
  8. it surprised me to [hear]
  9. surprised me [how, what, when, where]
  10. surprises me (just) how [much, quickly, often, good]
  11. surprised the [heck, hell] out of me
  12. it wouldn't surprise me (at all) if
  13. (the news) surprised us all
  14. surprise the [enemy, police]
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