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dear what is the meaning "how on the earth " and "what on the earth" thanks

dear what is the meaning "how on the earth " and "what on the earth" thanks

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    Just emphasis.
    How on earth = How (with surprise/emphasis) could this happen?
    What on earth = What (with surprise/emphasis) is that?
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    For some reason, the speaker finds the item unlikely, or surprising.

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