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Brushing Up on Grammar: Misunderstood Words and Troublesome Prefixes

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.10.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

A good friend of mine asked me the other day if it was correct to say, "taken back" as an expression of surprise. The answer is "no"; the correct phase is "taken aback." That may sound funny to some people, but it is correct.