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Hi, Kuen,

@kuen posted:

What does the sentence mean?

"What on earth are you doing"

When can we use it?

"On earth," just like other expressions such as "the hell," "the heck," "the f***," can be used to reinforce any "wh"-question:

- What on earth are you doing?
- Why on earth are you doing it?
- Who on earth told you to do it?
- How on earth are going to do it?

Hi Gustavo,

Can I use 'what on earth are you doing?' to mean if you see someone doing something they shouldn't be doing?

"I caught my brother reading my diary. "What do you think you're doing?" I yelled."

The example above is from the internet. Would it sound natural if I use 'on earth' in

"I caught my brother reading my diary. What on earth are you doing? I yelled."?

Does 'what on earth' put more emphasis than 'what do you think...'?

Can we also use 'what on earth are  you doing' to mean to ask for information? For example:

'What on earth are you doing?'

'I'm working on a project.'

Thank you very much for your reply.

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