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meaning of "What on earth" #1 (permalink) Sat Dec 18, 2004 6:18 am   meaning of "What on earth"
 

Test No. incompl/elem-28 "Responses", question 4

Mike: 'They went on strike last week.'
Jane: '.........'

(a) What on earth for?
(b) Are they on earth?
(c) Do they live on earth?
(d) Why on earth to?

Test No. incompl/elem-28 "Responses", answer 4

Mike: 'They went on strike last week.'
Jane: 'What on earth for?'

Correct answer: (a) What on earth for?

Your answer was: correct
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Hi,

I know it's an expression "What on earth on" but dont' know the exactly meaning.

Please help me, Thanks.
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What on earth #2 (permalink) Sat Dec 18, 2004 9:41 am   What on earth
 

This means simply why but the speaker is very surprised as well and can't understand the reason why.
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What on earth #3 (permalink) Mon Jan 16, 2006 16:07 pm   What on earth
 

Mr Alan !
Could you set forth more clearly, please?
"What on earth for? "
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What on earth #4 (permalink) Mon Jan 16, 2006 16:51 pm   What on earth
 

Polska wrote:
Mr Alan !
Could you set forth more clearly, please?
"What on earth for? "

Hi,
What on earth for? is an expression both asking why and at the same time expressing great surprise - which is roughly what I said over a year ago.

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What on earth #5 (permalink) Tue May 22, 2007 22:59 pm   What on earth
 

Hello!

My answer was "what on earth for". But now the correct answer is why on earth to. Why?
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meaning of "What on earth" #6 (permalink) Mon Nov 03, 2008 13:19 pm   meaning of "What on earth"
 

Yes, the correct answer is "why on earth for".

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What on earth #7 (permalink) Mon Nov 03, 2008 13:38 pm   What on earth
 

Snoopy_Blah_Blah wrote:
Hello!

My answer was "what on earth for". But now the correct answer is why on earth to. Why?
Hello Snoopy

The test seems to be working fine. Perhaps you simply clicked on the wrong option by accident.

I've just tried the test, and option (a) (What on earth for?) is given as the correct answer.

If you choose option (d) and then click to see the answers to the questions, you will be told that (d) is incorrect.
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meaning of "What on earth" #8 (permalink) Wed Jan 14, 2009 13:25 pm   meaning of "What on earth"
 

Can someone give more examples ?
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meaning of "What on earth" #9 (permalink) Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:40 pm   meaning of "What on earth"
 

Dear Mr. Alan/Torsten,

It is really nice to see that we can also listen question and answer both through (audio facility) but when I click the audio test is disappeard and I just can listen answers.

Can it possible that I can listen and as well as see the test same time?

Moreover, can you please suggest any site in which we just enter "any word" to listen (how it is pronounced?) or is there any facility on this site? Because I have noticed many times I want to speak and although know the word but sometimes can not speak just because of its pronounciation.(as we know many words but don't know how they will be pronounced?)

anxiously waiting for your response/guidance.
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meaning of "What on earth" #10 (permalink) Wed Apr 22, 2009 19:43 pm   meaning of "What on earth"
 

Excuse me,
I almost don't understand
'what on earth for' and 'why on earth to' they are the same meaning, aren't they?.
and which one is the most correct
Thanks in advance
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meaning of "What on earth" #11 (permalink) Wed Apr 22, 2009 20:23 pm   meaning of "What on earth"
 

You can use either. They are so alike as to make no difference.

" Why on earth did you say that.? "

" What on earth made you say that.? "

Same difference. Both demand the same answer.
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meaning of "What on earth" #12 (permalink) Wed Dec 30, 2009 9:14 am   meaning of "What on earth"
 

TO misskhan.
Give a try at http://www.howjsay.com/ to know how to pronounce a word
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meaning of "What on earth" #13 (permalink) Sun Jan 03, 2010 15:37 pm   meaning of "What on earth"
 

Thanks i didn't really understand what on earth or , now i know what's that means (why or what for)
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meaning of "What on earth" #14 (permalink) Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:36 am   meaning of "What on earth"
 

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Excuse me,
I almost don't understand
'what on earth for' and 'why on earth to' they are the same meaning, aren't they?.
and which one is the most correct
Thanks in advance


If we delete the "on earth" it simply asks what for? (purpose) and why? (reason)
I use "What on earth" or "Why on earth" to place emphasis especially when I'm surprised or angry and irritated..haha :D
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meaning of "What on earth" #15 (permalink) Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:30 am   meaning of "What on earth"
 

_Philippe wrote:
TO misskhan.
Give a try at http://www.howjsay.com/ to know how to pronounce a word


Thank you so much for this help!

I hope that this site is also helpful for other friends.

God bless you
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