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Emotional IntensityPlay
Use 'gasp' to express a strong emotional reaction, not just any surprise. SlideShe gasped as the winner's name was announced, disbelief etched on her face.
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Sudden SurprisePlay
'Gasp' is often used when the surprise or shock is immediate and unexpected. SlideDuring the horror movie, viewers gasped at the sudden appearance of the monster.
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Quiet ContextsPlay
A gasp can be especially noticeable in a quiet or tense situation. SlideThe courtroom gasped in unison, hanging on the lawyer's revelation.