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Idiom: 'heaven only knows' #1 (permalink) Sun Sep 11, 2005 11:47 am   Idiom: 'heaven only knows'
 

Test No. incompl/elem-29 "Responses (2)", question 6

Mike: 'Can you explain why she did that?'
Jane: '.........'

(a) Heaven alone will say.
(b) Heaven only says.
(c) Heaven alone speaks.
(d) Heaven only knows.

Test No. incompl/elem-29 "Responses (2)", answer 6

Mike: 'Can you explain why she did that?'
Jane: 'Heaven only knows.'

Correct answer: (d) Heaven only knows.
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Idiom: 'heaven only knows' #2 (permalink) Sun Sep 11, 2005 12:33 pm   Idiom: 'heaven only knows'
 

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The answer is Heaven only knows-- it is a stock phrase meaning I have no idea.
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Idiom: 'heaven only knows' #3 (permalink) Sun Sep 11, 2005 13:14 pm   Idiom: 'heaven only knows'
 

Hi jian,

There's really no need to keep asking for the answer when the answer is before your very eyes on the screen.

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Idiom: 'heaven only knows' #4 (permalink) Sun May 27, 2007 12:08 pm   Idiom: 'heaven only knows'
 

is "before your very eyes" an idiomatic usage? what does it mean?

I guess, it means "right in front of you"?
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Idiom: 'heaven only knows' #5 (permalink) Sun May 27, 2007 12:11 pm   Idiom: 'heaven only knows'
 

Hi,

Spot on - Dead right - Absolutely so or in a word- 'Yes'

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Idiom: 'heaven only knows' #6 (permalink) Sun May 27, 2007 12:27 pm   Idiom: 'heaven only knows'
 

thanks.

BTW, I like your explanation about "bad habits", one classic example of them is "eating chips".
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Idiom: 'heaven only knows' #7 (permalink) Thu Dec 10, 2009 0:03 am   Idiom: 'heaven only knows'
 

Hello everyone,

I am a student and I would like to know : What does 'Heaven only knows.' mean exactly? Thank you for your help.
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Idiom: 'heaven only knows' #8 (permalink) Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:32 am   Idiom: 'heaven only knows'
 

Please read my previous post, Mickhael.
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Idiom: 'heaven only knows' #9 (permalink) Sun Sep 16, 2012 15:57 pm   Idiom: 'heaven only knows'
 

Isn't it "Heaven knows."! Can we also add "only"?
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Idiom: 'heaven only knows' #10 (permalink) Sun Sep 16, 2012 22:25 pm   Idiom: 'heaven only knows'
 

Please read Mister Micawber's comment in message #2.
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Idiom: 'heaven only knows' #11 (permalink) Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:10 am   Idiom: 'heaven only knows'
 

I definitely read that. I have an Oxford dictionary. I looked it up and found "Heaven/Goodness knows". If we can add, then can we change its position? Only Heaven knows. Heaven knows only?
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Idiom: 'heaven only knows' #12 (permalink) Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:11 am   Idiom: 'heaven only knows'
 

As Mister Micawver says, 'Heaven only knows' is a stock phrase. If 'only' is used, the position is set.
Only Heaven knows' works, but is not a stock phrase.
'Heaven alone knows' is also used.
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