1. "Why the hell it means so much to me?" or
  2. "Why the hell does it mean so much to me?"

Which is correct and why? If wrong, is the first phrase at least informally acceptable?

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  • In direct questions - even ones that are rhetorical - we invert the verb and the subject. Unless there is already an auxiliary (be, have, a modal) or the verb is be (or for some speakers, have) this requires inserting a suitable form of the auxiliary do before the subject: hence "why does it mean", not "why it means" – Colin Fine Oct 15 '18 at 9:00
  • Colin, your comment should become an answer! – whiskeychief Sep 3 '19 at 1:35

Turn your question back into a statement and see which one fits.

  1. "Why ... it means so much to me?" => It means so much to me.
  2. "Why ... does it mean so much to me?" => It does mean so much to me.

Since the 1st one seems like a better choice, I suggest using the 1st one.

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    I don't really agree with your second statement. My input: It means so much to me -> Why does it mean so much to me? This is just a simple Wh question. Moreover, I don't think the 1st question is formally accepted as one. – Lam Le Oct 15 '18 at 8:07
  • Disagree. Can you edit your answer to provide better support or references than simply “one seems like a better choice “? – whiskeychief Sep 3 '19 at 1:34

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