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What does this sentence express?


What does this sentence express?
Hi colleagues;
What does this sentence express?
What a teacher he was!
Thanks a lot or your help.

10 Jan 2013      


Hi dear friend. This sentence expresses surprise. These are two rules to express surprise: 
What a + Noun !
How + Adj !

10 Jan 2013     


I old my pupils that it expressed ADMIRATION because the biographer admires the qualities of A.G. Bell as a teacher of the deaf.

10 Jan 2013     


the sentence is used in exclamation to express surprise the same as this one: what big feet you īve got ! ( with an exclamation mark at the end) In this case "what" is not a question word but a determiner.

10 Jan 2013     

United Kingdom

Yes, it means what a fantastic teacher he was. It expresses admiration, not surprise.

10 Jan 2013     


the sentence expresses surprise

10 Jan 2013     

United States

What a ... can express surprise, but in this case I 100% agree with Lynne that it expresses admiration. A couple of other examples: "What a man!" (He is big and strong.) "What a woman!" (She has a fabulous figure, unlike mine, alas.)

10 Jan 2013