Expressing shock and disbelief

It is sometimes difficult to say how you feel in unexpected situations, such as natural disasters, bad news, etc. especially when you feel sad.

Here’s a list of some common expressions to help you express

  • shock
  • and disbelief.


I was shocked to hear…
stunned by…
taken aback by…
… came as a complete shock.
I’m in


  • I was shocked to hear the news.
  • I was stunned / taken aback by the news
  • I was completely taken aback by his behavior.
  • I was just stunned by her clothes.
  • The news came as a complete shock.
  • We’re all in complete shock.


I (just) can’t believe…
can’t imagine…
It’s unbelievable.


  • I just can’t believe he won the race.
  • It’s unbelievable that they got married
  • I just can’t imagine they were able to get along with each other.

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