Re: Re: How can I express “startled”?

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That’s a tough one Pete.
I googled the words: Startled sound and most of the descriptions for that were simply stated as: they let out/drew in a startled sound.
I think that a startled sound would be something like a sharp intake of breath, but how to describe that?
I think the f in ‘Umf’ softens the fear element. Sorry I have no suggestiions for an alternative.