Did I do something stupid last night!

I suppose it can be expressed by: What a stupid thing I did last night!

Wow! Can she sing!

It means that She is really good at singing.

Look at those ones! Aren’t they amazing!

In this case, I feel confused. It means they are so amazing but why a negative form? Can I say "Are they amazing!"?

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"Aren't they amazing!" (or "Are they not amazing!") are rhetorical questions, whose meaning could be expanded like this:
"I think they are amazing! Do you disagree?"

A rhetorical question isn't expecting an answer, but expressing an opinion.
American Heritage Dictionary "rhetorical question"
n. A question to which no answer is expected, often used for rhetorical effect.

The sentence is a question grammatically, but it can be ended with an exclamation point to express the intensity of the expression.

  • Right! I've got it. So can I say " Are they amazing!" as a exclamative clause without rhetorical effect ?
    – Jones
    Sep 7, 2020 at 3:04
  • @Jones That form "Are they amazing!", might be used as well. It would probably be less common than "Aren't they amazing!". Sep 7, 2020 at 3:13

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