I was surprised that I fell.
I was surprised to have fallen.
?I was surprised to fall.
We were surprised that we agreed with him.
We were surprised to have agreed with him.
?We were surprised to agree with him.
It surprised me that I broke the vase.
It surprised me to have broken the vase.
?It surprised me to break the vase
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- 1.The category of ‘mental construct’ has other uses. So-called existential there, for example, is used to ‘present to the mind’ (Bolinger, 1977, pp. 90-123).Google Scholar