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Assume v. Presume

I don't think it's possible to be startled by news of the death of a close relative (say), although one might be both surprised and shocked. I could startle you in the process of delivering the news, but not by the news.
I beg to differ, smacking you about the head with the news paper that contained the obituary column would surely startle you.
 

MikeSh

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East Anglian Daily Times today:

New on-the-spot fines have come into force today of up to £150 as part of a new crackdown.

The penalty is now more than twice the previous levy of £80.
 
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"I am not sure whether this is a bug or how it is expected to work?" (https://hummy.tv/forum/threads/4000t-scheduled-recordings-timings-wrong.8665/post-121928)

We get quite a lot of this: a sentence that is grammatically a statement, but appended by a question mark as if the reader is then supposed to understand it as a question. Is it a rhetorical question? Why not simply phrase it as a grammatical question, if it is intended to receive an answer, and leave the reader in no doubt of the intention?

"Is this a bug, or how it is expected to work?" - five fewer words, and no doubt as to the intention.
 

Luke

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I would go with that one too - there is no other way it could be written in the way it is spoken (purely in writing, it could be avoided: "1000 instances of the letter 'a'").