How lovely! The structure of exclamations

Exclamatory phrases go, unsurprisingly, between exclamation marks (¡!) and are used for the intense expression of emotions and feelings.

¡Qué bonito paisaje!

What beautiful scenery!

¡Cuánto trabajo tiene Magda!

How much work Magda has!

Some structures for exclamatory phrases:

  • Qué + adjective + verb/noun

¡Qué grande está tu hija!

How big your daughter is!

¡Qué lindo paisaje!

What lovely landscape!

  • Qué + noun + verb

¡Qué frío hace!

How cold it is!

  • Qué + noun+ tan/más + adjective

¡Qué vestido más horrible!

What a horrible dress!

  • Cuánto/a/os/as + noun + verb

¡Cuánta gente hay en la fiesta!

So many people at the party!

¡Cuántos amigos tienes!

How many friends you have!

Note: cuán + adjective is strictly poetic language.

¡Cuán oscura está la noche!

So dark is the night!

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