Heck. How to use?

Labga

Senior Member
Thai
Hi,

I can't formulate how to use "heck" in the sentence. Most of them are in spoken language.

What (a or the) heck (am I or I am) doing here (full stop or question mark)

Any comment is appreciated.
 
  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    Are you trying to write a question, or a statement? The answer to that should help you decide about "am I" vs "I am" and the punctuation at the end.
     

    Labga

    Senior Member
    Thai
    I'm asking how to use it either in a question or a statement. I guess.

    What the heck am I doing here? is a question to someone else.
    What the heck I am doing here. is an exclamation statement.

    Is that correct?

    and the last question is "a or the"

    Thank you.
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    The dictionary tells us that it's a euphemism for "hell", so it's used in the same way:

    What the hell/heck am I doing here?
    I don't know what the hell/heck I am doing here.

    What the hell/heck!
    That's a hell of a long way./That's a heck of a long way.
     

    perpend

    Banned
    American English
    A) What the heck am I doing here? is a question to someone else. :tick: = Why am I here in the first place? / Why did you call me here for this meeting?
    B) What the heck I am doing here. is an exclamation statement. = "What the heck am I doing here!" = rhetorical (note "I am" vs. "am I" in the statement).

    and the last question is "a or the"

    Always "the heck" for me, in AmE.
     
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