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    #1

    that's what.

    What does 'that's what' mean in the following sentences? Does it mean 'That's the point' or 'That's what I want to say' or anything else?


    What had Professor Schmo ever done for him? Nothing, that 's what.

    --" What about them? "
    --" Just look at them, that 's what. Not a concern in the world. "



    I'll tell you a secret. You're growing up now, that 's what.

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    #2

    Re: that's what.

    It reiterates what was just said, sort of like putting it in bold face.
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    #3

    Re: that's what.

    Thank you so very much, GoesStation. I never thought of a sentence having a function like this. Thank you again. (The Thank and Like buttons won't work on my page because of the slowness of the net at my end.)

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    #4

    Re: that's what.

    French has a very widely-used word for this which you may have heard: voilą. It's popular because it's so handy.
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    #5

    Re: that's what.

    'voilą' - What? For not having buttons?
    To me, 'voilą' means "Ta Dah!" or "There you go!" or "And Bob's your uncle." At least that's what it means in AusE. It might be different in French or other varieties of English.

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    #6

    Re: that's what.

    I can't think of any instance where "Voilį" would work in place of "That's what".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: that's what.

    I digressed into a little discussion of French, in which language the word voilą can mean about the same as "that's what" in the OP. Sorry for the confusion.
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    #8

    Re: that's what.

    NOT A TEACHER

    In my opinion, Joham, learners should NOT use this kind of expression until they understand English really well.

    IF used incorrectly, such expressions can be very rude.


    MONDAY

    Boss: I want you to fly to Paris tomorrow to take care of some business.

    Tom: Sorry, sir. There's something that you may not know.

    Boss: What?

    Tom: I am scheduled to start my vacation tomorrow. That's what!


    TUESDAY

    Boss: I want you to escort my daughter to her graduation dance on Saturday.

    Tom: Sorry, sir. I have to decline the honor.

    Boss: Why?

    Tom: I promised my girlfriend to take her to Las Vegas this weekend. That's why!


    WEDNESDAY

    Tom was given one hour to clean out his desk and to leave the building.


    P.S. Tom might still have his job if he had NOT added the words "that's what!" and "that's why!"

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    #9

    Re: that's what.

    Thank you all for helping me. And thank you, theParse, for your detailed explanation. Learners like me generally daren't use such expressions because we aren't sure of their usage. I was reading ANNE OF GREEN GABLES and came across the expression 'that's what' again and again. It is only used by Mrs Rachel Lynde and no one else uses it. And I could never guess what it means from the contexts.

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