Reply to "Is it often used for expressing surprise?"

kuen posted:

Does this sentence with 'went and...' imply surprise or just express a fact?

"She went and ordered a new car."

Hi, Kuen,

We can't tell without context. Here's a context in which it expresses surprise:

  • She went and ordered a new car. Can you believe it?

And here's a context in which it does not express surprise:

  • She went and ordered a new car when the insurance company informed her that the car that she had been driving was totaled.

Here are some other contexts in which it does not express surprise:

For more biblical examples, simply Google "'went and' KJV". One could probably spend a whole week collecting examples of this structure from the Bible.

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