Hello,

Is there a difference between 1 and 2?

1. I was surprised at the news.

2.I was surprised by the news.

I have an impression that  in sentence 2, I was more surprised than I was in sentence 1.

apple

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Hi, Apple,

apple posted:

Hello,

Is there a difference between 1 and 2?

1. I was surprised at the news.

2.I was surprised by the news.

I have an impression that  in sentence 2, I was more surprised than I was in sentence 1.

apple

Both are grammatically correct and acceptable. Marilyn indicates that when the participial adjective is psychological in nature, the preposition "at" is usually used. It indicates a reaction to circumstances, events, etc. However, if you want to express the idea as an action, you can use the passive form ‘be surprised by’. 

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