Expression of Surprise and Disbelief

Some expressing of surprise and disbelief in formal and informal.


I find that very surprising.

I must say it surprises me.

I find it extraordinary.


How very surprising.

I must say it surprises me.



That’s very surprising.Really?


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!


You don’t say.

Who’d have thought it?

Fancy that.

You’re kidding.



Are you serious?

No! I don’t believe it.

You must be joking.

You’re kidding.

Expressing disbelief

That’s very surprising.

What a surprise!

My goodness.

Expressing surprise



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.



Complete the following conversation with the correct expressions of disbelief and surprise. Then, practice the conversations with your partner.


Conversation 1.

Joe         :  What did you do yesterday?

May        :  Not much, I read a book.

Joe         :_______

May        :  How about you?

Joe         :  I watched TV for a couple of hours and went to bed early.

I’ve been really tired lately.

May        :  _______   What from?

Joe         :  Nothing in particular,  I think I’m just bored.


Conversation 2.

Al             : I’m never gonna get married!!!!

Bia          :_________  Why?

Al               I hate all women/men

Bia          :________________  I thought you had three girl/boyfriends?!

Al             :  I did but they all found out about each other and

now none of them will talk to me. I really loved one of them to0

what was her/his name? Hmm?

Bia          :____________________  You don’t know what love is.

You’ll get married when you fall in love.

Right now you’re frustrated and its your own damn fault.


Conversation 3.

Charlie   :  I went skiing about 15 times this past winter.

Zack       :  __________  Where did you go?

Charlie   :  All over the place but most of the time I went to Banff in Canada

and skied at a place called Lake Louise

Zack       :  __________________  That must have been really expensive.

Charlie   :  It was but I won the lottery last year so

I had plenty of extra money to blow.

Zack       :  ________________________________

Charlie   :  ________________________________Continue  It


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