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    Who knows what Felix may achieve in the coming years!

    Is this an exclamation or a rhetorical sentence or the mixture? I haven't seen this kind of composition so far.

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    ex)...The idea began with a school project in 2007. Inspired by Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, who arranged for 30 million trees to be planted in deforested parts of Africa, Felix suggested a similar proposal to classmates...It is clear that Felix's simple philosophy - "STOP TALKING. START PLANTING." - has inspired children across the world to take action on saving the planet. Who knows what Felix may achieve in the coming years!

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    Re: Who knows what Felix may achieve in the coming years!

    Well you're certainly not being asked 'who among you knows this answer?' The writer is clearly excited about what Felix has accomplished, and the phrase invites you to ponder the different possibilities of the situation. "Who knows" phrases can often be excitatory like this, and depending on what's said before and after it, can try to lead you to agree with or think from the writer/speaker's point of view, like "you lie, you cheat, who knows what else you do when I'm not around!" Your mind could start racing with all the things you imagine the person to be doing when the speaker says this.

    It's fairly common, and similar ones, clearly in a religious tone, are 'God only knows/Lord only knows....' like in 'Lord only knows how George Bush got elected to office twice!'

    Other similar phrases could begin with "just think of ...", like in the above paragraph you could say, "just think of everything Felix could achieve in the coming years!" and "just think of all the children who will spread his message to others!"


    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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    Re: Who knows what Felix may achieve in the coming years!

    Thanks a lot for the detailed explanation, so I guess 1 is almost negation, a rhetorical question saying "No one would know", but 2 is an emphasis of "Felix's boundless capacity", right?
    1.Who knows what Felix may achieve in the coming years?
    2.Who knows what Felix may achieve in the coming years!

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