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Ways of adding emphasis to questions

whatever

adverb, conjunction, determiner, pronoun

used for emphasizing ‘what’ in a question to show that you are surprised, interested, upset, or annoyed

whenever

adverb, conjunction

used for emphasizing ‘when’ in a question to show that you are surprised, upset, or annoyed

whoever

pronoun

used for emphasizing ‘who’ in a question to show that you are surprised or shocked, or that you think something is unlikely

however

adverb, conjunction

used instead of ‘how’ in questions for emphasizing that you think something is surprising

wherever

adverb, conjunction

used for emphasizing ‘where’ in a question to show that you are surprised, interested, upset, or annoyed

(in) the least

used for emphasizing a negative statement or question

in the world

used for adding emphasis to a question, especially because you are surprised or angry

at all

used for emphasis when you are saying or asking whether something is even slightly true, especially after words such as ‘any’, ‘anything’, ‘anyone’, or ‘nothing’

who/why/what etc ever?

used for emphasizing a question, especially when you are surprised or upset

what/why/how/where etc on earth

used for adding emphasis to questions

Open Dictionary

chicken raffle

any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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