Grammar Patterns

N to n

The 'shock' group

These nouns are used to indicate someone's feelings about something, or the extent of their knowledge about something. The noun group after to indicates the person concerned.
These nouns are usually used after a link verb or the preposition as.
The fact that nothing concrete has come out of the meeting will be a disappointment to many observers.
How does it happen? It's a mystery to me.
I was totally unaware that Polly and my husband were having an affair. It has come as a great shock to me.
  • anathema
  • blow
  • closed book
  • disappointment
  • embarrassment
  • joy
  • mystery
  • news
  • puzzle
  • relief
  • revelation
  • shock
  • surprise
  • worry
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