I am reading a text as follow:

Oh, yes, and Copacabana Beach. Wilbur didn’t like that very much. He got so badly sunburned. Wow, was his face red! It’s the hole in the ozone layer, he figures.

Why in the above text there is "was his face red" instead of "his face was red"? I guess it is a way to emphasis, but I am not sure.

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    You're right – it's used for emphasis. – user3395 Feb 26 '18 at 17:45
  • So may I have some simple examples? – AR AM Feb 26 '18 at 18:04
  • Is that way to emphasis common? – AR AM Feb 26 '18 at 18:06
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    Yes, very common in spoken English. I have made up some examples for you in my answer. Gees, are you hard to please. :) – Lambie Feb 26 '18 at 23:17

This is usually a spoken form:

Boy, was he laughing hard. Man, was he drunk. Gees, were they wrong. Cripes, were we silly.

You may see it in a "text" but it is a spoken form.

It is used for emphasis.

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