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    Hello there!

    I've got a question: do the expressions "what's the matter with you/what's wrong with you?" mean the same as "what's the matter/what's wrong?"?

    I have the feeling that the 1st expressions are more ironic, am I right?

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    Re: matter

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello there!

    I've got a question: do the expressions "what's the matter with you/what's wrong with you?" mean the same as "what's the matter/what's wrong?"?

    I have the feeling that the 1st expressions can be used in a sarccastic way, am I right?

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    Could someone help me please?

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    Re: matter

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello there!

    I've got a question: do the expressions "what's the matter with you/what's wrong with you?" mean the same as "what's the matter/what's wrong?"?

    I have the feeling that the 1st expressions are more ironic, am I right?

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    I would say they are almost identical. Neither is more ironic than the other, it really depends on the tone of voice used to say them.

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    Re: matter

    The first, "......matter with you" and ".........wrong with you" are more personal and direct and could be considered somewhat argumentative or, as you say, sarcastic. The second examples "what's the matter"/"what's wrong" are less direct and used most often to inquire about a problem or situation that the speaker has noticed to be unusual behavior or reaction by the listener.

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