Questions tagged [exclamatives]

For questions regarding short sentences usually beginning with an exclamation such as "how" or "what", ending in an exclamation mark, and used to express surprise, awe, despair, or other strong emotion.

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Is 'you' an exclamative in 'you fools'

In the Lord of the Rings, Gandalf yells this famous line: Fly, you fools! Now, I am wondering what the function of 'you' is. Is it an exclamation? The Collins Dictionary uses the examples 'what' and ...
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Is there any difference between 'Come off it' and 'Come on'?

To get straight to the point, here are two examples: Oh, come off it, you're smarter than me! Oh, come on, you're smarter than me! Do they sound natural? Can you tell me the difference if there's ...
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How to express the following meaning using a single exclamatory sentence?

I betrayed someone in the past. Now I regret and I blame myself for my betrayal. I want to use a single exclamatory sentence to express self-blame, starting by 'how'. I guess it may be: 'How shall I ...
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About exclamatives with interrogative form

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! ...
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'Do you want to see it!' - Which type of sentence is this? Why exclamation mark at the end of a question?

I am a beginner, but my knowledge says that Do and Does come at the beginning of a question. Simply put, to my mind, the sentence should be Do you want to see it? rather than Do you want to see it! Am ...
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How to change a declarative sentence with 'a lot' info na exclamative one?

I struggle with the transformation of a declarative sentence with "a lot" into exclamative. I am familiar with the rule but I am not sure in this specific case: He talks a lot. will be How lot ...
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What/such +a/an + noun

Can we use "What/such +a/an + noun" without an adjective between "a/an" and "noun"? Because I've heard the sentence "What a beauty you are." For example: What a dress What a hamburger Such a ...
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How to use the word "lucky" properly?

Imagine i'm walking in the street starting looking for a florist and i come across one straightaway. Should I say or think: "How lucky!" or rather "How lucky for me! or How lucky I am? Is there any ...
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Is sometimes "how I shall" = "how shall I"?

"I shall certainly hoodwink the archbishop, and how I shall enjoy doing it!" This is a quote known to be said by Mozart. A couple of books on him have this sentence somewhere in them. What confuses ...
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Exclamation with "What or How"

How does it say correctly with exclamation? How she looks! or What she looks!
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Exclamations with verb

How to make an exclamatory sentence with a verb? For example: Someone plays football incredibly and you want to exclaim how he plays. I guess I made the sentences wrong. How he plays football! ...
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Is "What a big heart" structure valid when inserted within the speech?

I read a similar question which is "What big cheeks!" and "What a big cheek!" (I have rephrased the question according to the answer it received). As I, now, know that the phrasing is correct, I ...
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What sentence pattern is followed in exclamatory sentence

How lovely these flowers are! How lovely flowers these are! I would like to know if the formation of above 2 sentences is correct. I personally feel the first sentence is correct as the word "...
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Hello = I say hello -> correct?

Could I consider that all the exclamation is the abbreviation form of the S-V-O structure? No = I say no / It's no Hi = I say hi Wow = I say wow There = There you go / There it is / etc
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use of article in exclamatory and interrogative sentence

See the following examples: What sort of (a) man he is! To my knowledge, this is wrong because in sentences starting with 'what kind of' 'what sort of' 'what type of' 'what variety of' and in ...
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How to express my negatively positive response?

Wow, awesome, wonderful, and the like are good expressions and indeed they denote that you are happy because the event is happy. But I just came across a weird situation! In India, medical students, ...
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How to do exclamatory sentence with a main verb?

While I know how to make exclamatory sentences with nouns or adjectives (or both together), such as: "what a big animal it is" etc. I don't know how to build exclamatory sentence with a main verb, for ...
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Could it be a negative exclamatory sentence?

I learnt about the 4 types of sentences: declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, imperative. I remember that declarative, interrogative and exclamatory can be either positive or negative. But I don't ...
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Correct grammar...article "a"

Somebody can explain me the difference between these two sentences: "What a wonderful day?" and "What wonderful day?" Actually I'm not sure if those ones are written in a correct way, I think ...
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How to better translate "et voilá" from french?

In English, there is an expression that sound's like Ta-Da or Ta-Taan or Ta-Daaan It's is the same meaning as the French expression as et-voilá? If yes how do you correctly spell it? If not what ...
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Is [How kind she is to take care of Tony!] correct? [closed]

I found a sentence in my grammar book for Junior high school students in Japanese as follows; How kind she is to take care of Tony! The book explains that this sentence means ”she is so nice, ...
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What's the difference between the exclamations "what" and "how"

What's the difference between: What a rude person you are! How rude you are! How rude of a person you are! How rude of you! Which one is correct? Please give me some elaboration so I can understand, ...
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It's great vs this is great vs that is great

There are too many hotels in our city. It's great! Or this is great ? Or that is great ? What is the best to say here? When does we say each ? Thank you
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Is "tripe" also used as a single-word exclamation?

I'd like to know whether a construction with "Tripe!" as for example in "He is very active on StackExchange!" "Tripe! He doesn't even know about the existence of StackExchange!" is possible and ...
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Exclamatory 'how'

We use 'how' in exclamatory sentences, generally in this structure: How + adjective/adverb (subject + verb), as in : How gorgeous she is! What about this sentence? How you've grown! How I ...
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Where to insert the exclamation mark

Where would I insert an exclamation mark and a comma in the below sentence? "Look at that boy" he exclaimed.
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Other pronouns with "Boy, am I tired"

Would this emphatic expression be used with other pronouns and other tenses? Boy, am I tired! Would you give an example for each tense. An example for all cases would be best but not necessary. ...
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Is "Poor them, who hate chocolates" grammatical?

Poor them, who hate chocolates. – V.V. This message was posted a bit ago on Language Overflow, and proved to be more interesting than usual. I wonder if it's grammatical, strictly speaking. ...
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Meaning of holy cow and holy $h!t

What do the words holy cow and holy shit mean? I have read them in dramas and online articles. Are they offensive? Is it normal for a person to use it?
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"What a beautiful are your works" vs "How beautiful are your works"

What is the difference in the meaning in the two following sentences? a) "What a beautiful are your works!" b) "How beautiful are your works!" The context: I see my friend in his exposition of ...
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Does the sentence "Aren't they pretty!" mean "They are pretty."? [closed]

Does the sentence "Aren't they pretty!" mean "They are pretty."?
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May I use "wtf" with a non-question? -- "wtf I just watched."

I know that usually people write: "wtf did I just watch?" But is "wtf I just watched" a correct English sentence as "I just watched" is a correct English sentence and adding wtf should not make ...
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What does 'on earth' mean?

I have a query about the meaning of 'on earth'. Here is an example. What on earth are you doing under the table? At here, what is the purpose of 'on earth'?
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Is "How beautiful are the flowers!" old-fasiond?

In Practical English Usage, Swan says Have you got a surprise coming! and Was I mad! are spoken American English and exclamations with ‘how’ or ‘what’ are old-fashioned, but I want to ask you ...
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Can you help me define parts of the sentence in these sentences?

Some of them don't even have predicates. I simply don't understand how to distinguish parts of speech here. What a still perfect day! No sound! A lovely evening. Then the first stars.
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Should I say a question is "very long" or "large" or "big" or "huge"?

Someone asked a question with lots of content, and I said wow a very long question after hearing his question. Was that OK? Later I was wondering which one I should use: wow a very long question wow ...
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Is that real vs Really

Is that real. Really. When you hear a unbelievable thing, can I say both of them?
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Is "I know >how many< evils the world is riddled with" exclamative?

I now know how many evils the world is riddled with. Is this like, How many evils the world is riddled with! namely, an exclamation sentence?
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Punctuation used in the celebration of a festival. (full stop vs exclamation mark)

Please tell me the difference between these two example letters: (1). Dear teachers, Happy New Year! sender's name (2). Dear teachers, Happy New Year. sender's name If a student used an exclamation ...
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Did I ever! -- what does this emphatic statement exactly mean when you say it?

Example: — Did you see how Bill came in to work this morning? — Did I ever! Boy, was he hot under the collar! — What brought that on? — He said that he was extremely angry because he got ...
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Is it wrong to say "How beautiful a girl she is!"?

Is it wrong to say How beautiful a girl she is!
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here comes/there goes-like structures [closed]

When I read the present simple unit I came across with the Present Simple structure. There was here comes, there goes, etc. The Present Progressive tense is unacceptable in such structures (like here ...
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How would I want to see you!

How would I want to see you! Does this mean "Oh boy, do I want to see you!"? Is it also possible to say... How beautiful would you be in this dress! to mean "Oh, you would look so beautiful in ...
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How to express the body organs in pair with exclamation?

We often express exclamation like this - Wow, what a car! How do we express the body parts in pair in such way? Wow, what sexy legs she has! Or Wow, what a pair of sexy legs she has? This ...
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This seems not a question but what is it?

"And if I find you have broken your promise to me and to God, I will reveal your crime to your victims."    "And they will kill me. Good work, Father."    "As far as I can ...
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Exclamatives or Free relatives

  "Tell us," said Mahony pertly to the man, "how many have you yourself?"   The man smiled as before and said that when he was our age he had lots of sweethearts.   ...
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Is "Was I surprised!" a question sentence or a exclamatory sentence?

I encountered the following sentences in a picture book: "Something is crying, Minneapolis Simpkin," I said to myself. "I will find out what it is." I looked in the bushes. Was I surprised! "...
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Is 'poltroon' omitted after the word 'made'?

Here's a sample from 'Jane Eyre': I now stood in the empty hall; before me was the breakfast-room door, and I stopped, intimidated and trembling. What a miserable little poltroon had fear, ...
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