Prepositions after "startle"
"startle by" or "startle at"?
|In 65% of cases startle by is used|
|We were both startled by this absence of modeling.|
|Staring at herself, Eira was startled by the empty, clueless-looking eyes she had.|
|Especially the one about Mark; I was so startled by it that I got him to repeat it to make sure I had not misunderstood him.|
|I was startled by the passionate objections of some contributors, when I said I felt that Yorkshire was the most English of all.|
|One is that a young Tamil (demali) shepherd woman who was carrying a pale of milk from Ambagaha Arawa village to Kiri Kandula village was startled by a nefarious king.|
|In 16% of cases startle at is used|
|startled at the disturbance the bear gave chase.|
|He was startled at the sight of the rod bending so much and started pulling it up.|
|In 6% of cases startle in is used|
|I imagined myself to be quite alone; but I was startled in the midst of the darkness by a deep sigh.|
|In 6% of cases startle out is used|
|startled out of his sleep, Chaton the Cat rushed out of the room and bolted down the stairs as though a thousand demons were at his heels.|
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