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    God, was he ugly!

    The other day I found this expression: "God, was he ugly!".

    Is it a thing using inversion in exclamations? Gosh, is this difficult!

    Thank you!

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    Re: God, was he ugly!

    You've got the gist of it. "God was he ugly!" and "Gosh is this difficult!" are examples of an idiomatic construction: expletive + inverted sentence. More examples: "Wow was that fun!", "Man am I tired!" and "Boy is he dumb!"
    Last edited by probus; 22-Jan-2015 at 04:44.

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    Re: God, was he ugly!

    Thank you probus. God, is English weird!

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    Re: God, was he ugly!

    Your original example is actually in question form, but it is permissible to turn it into an exclamation.

    All of the examples could be written in a non-inverted form.

    "God, he was ugly!"
    "Gosh, this is difficult!"
    "Wow, that was fun!"
    "Man, I am tired!"
    "Boy, he is dumb!"
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 22-Jan-2015 at 12:21. Reason: typo

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    Re: God, was he ugly!

    Quote Originally Posted by salvador.dal1950 View Post
    God, is English weird!
    It's far worse than that.

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