Using auxiliaries to express surprise

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Using auxiliaries to express surprise

To express amazement, surprise or simply interest in what we have just heard, the auxiliary verb is used in the following way:
He ran out of money. - Did he? He ran out of money. - Really?!
I am fond of classical music. - Are you? I am fond of classical music. - Is that true?!

Amazement can be expressed by means of the same construction by inverting the position of the auxiliary verb and the subject. This indicates even greater surprise:
I'm going to Mexico tomorrow. - You are? I'm going to Mexico tomorrow. - Wow! Really?!


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