Boy, how much did he love money!

AntiScam

Senior Member
Arabic
Hello,

This is a comment I left in a thread. I am interested in learning more about exclamatory sentences with inverted subject-verb.

butt reminded me of a butcher from the suburb in Kingston who used to say, fella; now I do not remember if he addressed me by fella, but boy, how much did he love money!
Which of the following is grammatically correct? And then which is more natural or common?

1- Boy, how much did he love money!
2- Boy, how much he loved money!
3- Boy, how he loved money!
4- Boy, how did he love money!
 
  • jsharm

    Senior Member
    English - Australia
    "Boy, how much did he love money!" can technically be seen as a question, very similar to: "He really loved money, didn't he?"
     

    jsharm

    Senior Member
    English - Australia
    1- Boy, how much did he love money!
    2- Boy, how much he loved money!

    To me the difference between these is: 1 seems to echo a question form, and is therefore almost asking for the listener's agreement. It is a stronger way of putting things, and thus more likely to evoke a response. 2 is a simple statement that doesn't specifically invite a response.
     
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