Sarasi
what does overtake by surprise mean? and how to put it in a sentence?
Oct 15, 2018 10:20 AM
Answers · 10
Hi - the expression refers to an unexpected outcome. e.g. I was overtaken by surprise when the rain stopped and the sun shone through. Or I was overtaken by surprise when I suddenly saw my best friend standing next to me at the station.
October 15, 2018
For me, 'overcome' is the normal thing to say. I've never heard 'overtaken by surprise'
October 15, 2018
I think what you want to say is "taken by surprise." "Taken by surprise" is just another way to say that someone or something is surprised. Example: We were taken by surprise when the bird suddenly flew out of the birdhouse.
October 15, 2018
Overtaken probably not the best choice - taken by surprise is a better expression - e.g I was taken by surprise when I saw my friend unexpectedly at the bus stop.
October 16, 2018
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