MY favorite song is 'I was looking for someone to love.'sung by Leif Garrett.

In the lyrics of the song, I found the phrase like 'I was looking for someone to love and oh the heartaches I found.' I'd like to know the meaning of 'oh~the heartache I found.'

Maybe, I think it is the inversion of 'oh~ I found the heartache.' Am I right? Please, tell me the answer.

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It's a shortened way of saying,

Oh! You wouldn't believe how much heartache I found [when I was looking for someone to love]

The interjection oh is this case serves as an intensifier to let the person know that whatever was found – in this case, heartache – was found in an extreme measure.

Another similar usage of the word oh can be found in a famous children's book by Dr. Seuss:

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If the book was simply entitled "The Places You'll Go", it wouldn't have the same connotation. With the word Oh in front, the readers are clued in; it's almost as if the author is saying, "The amazing places you'll go," even with the adjective omitted.

Of course, without a specific adjective, the book could be talking about an extreme in either direction (such as, "The awful places you'll go").


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