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in this statment, what does the writer mean by ''the hell''?
Using "the hell" in "What the hell were you saying?" adds a mild tone of frustration, annoyance, extra curiosity, and maybe, though not necessarily, anger.
I would look here to check out some ways native English speakers use "hell". If you use it, however, be sure it's in the right place at the right time with the right people. It's not profane, but it can come off sounding mildly vulgar in some places to some people - sometimes. It's not considered the most polite language. Use it with friends in informal situations.
There is an abundance of ways to use hell in the English language. They're all pretty ordinary or common expressions, too, as far as I can tell by glancing at it in the Cambridge Dictionary.
Last edited by PROESL; 15-Aug-2009 at 20:53.