on earth | the hellINFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase on earth | the hell
You can use this to add emphasis to a question, esp. if you're surprised or annnoyed.
- "Where on earth did you find this? I've been looking for this book for years!"
- "What the hell were you thinking, coming home at midnight? Your mother was worried sick!"
"the hell" is much more forceful and aggressive than "in earth"
Nick said, "Why on earth did you invite Mary?" He was
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