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'surprised at how many' instead of 'surprised how many' #1 (permalink) Tue Aug 29, 2006 8:50 am   'surprised at how many' instead of 'surprised how many'
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #90 "Using Make and Do (1)", question 1

The manager was surprised at how many things Ron could ......... at once.

(a) make
(b) do
(c) made
(d) did

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #90 "Using Make and Do (1)", answer 1

The manager was surprised at how many things Ron could do at once.

Correct answer: (b) do

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Why should we use "surprised at how many..." instead of "surprised how many..."?

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Surprised #2 (permalink) Tue Aug 29, 2006 8:57 am   Surprised
 

Hi Ljiljan,

Both surprised how and surprised at how are acceptable.

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'surprised at how many' instead of 'surprised how many' #3 (permalink) Sat Dec 12, 2009 18:23 pm   'surprised at how many' instead of 'surprised how many'
 

Hello everyone,

What does 'do' mean in this context? Thank you for your help.
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'surprised at how many' instead of 'surprised how many' #4 (permalink) Sat Dec 12, 2009 19:37 pm   'surprised at how many' instead of 'surprised how many'
 

Hi,

'Do' in this context suggests 'perform or 'manage to achieve'.

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'surprised at how many' instead of 'surprised how many' #5 (permalink) Wed May 30, 2012 14:55 pm   'surprised at how many' instead of 'surprised how many'
 

Please, why I cannot use "make". Thanks.
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'surprised at how many' instead of 'surprised how many' #6 (permalink) Wed May 30, 2012 15:43 pm   'surprised at how many' instead of 'surprised how many'
 

Because "to make" is akin to "to manufacture/create".
And, as Alan pointed out, you need a verb that means "to perform/manage to achieve", and this verb is "to do".
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