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Please, what is the function and meaning of the following sentence:

 "Oh, was I embarrassed?"

Does it show surprise? Is it a normal question?

asked Jun 23 '13 at 17:18 Noureddine Boutahar New member

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It is a familiar exclamation which does not indicate surprise but suggests that the speaker was indeed very embarrassed.  It is arhetorical question, in that it does not require an answer.   In fact, a sympathetic  response could be another  question, like "Really?" or  "Oh, were you?" or even another exclamation such as "I'm sure you were!"

link answered Jun 23 '13 at 20:41 Michael Cranfield Expert

I agree. The context is nissing in the example. However, it could also be a normal interrogative (depending on the context).

Ahmad BarnardJun 23 '13 at 23:32

I can't imagine a situation where "Was I embarassed?" could be a normal interrogative instead of a rhetorical question. Even if the speaker suffers from some kind of memory loss, which would be a highly unlikely context to begin with, the question would be silly because only the speaker could know if he\she was embarrassed!

Shawn MooneyJun 24 '13 at 01:11

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