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"The will to truth which will still tempt us to many a venture, that famous truthfulness of which all philosophers so far have spoken with respect - what questions has this will to truth not laid before us! What strange, wicked, questionable questions!" (Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil)

As far as I understand, "what questions has this will to truth not laid before us!" seems to be a question; but I don't know why it does not end with question mark.

Would you help me to get the reason, please?

Thank you.

Cadzao
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Hello Cadzao,

How are you?

This looks like a question, but it is not intended as one. It's intended as an exclamation. Really, it's a rhetorical question, used only to draw attention to the questions that have been 'laid before us'. Strictly speaking, it should have a question mark, but the author has chosen the exclamation mark to emphasize that it's intended as an exclamation.

Best wishes, Clive
Hello Cadzao,

How are you?

This looks like a question, but it is not intended as one. It's intended as an exclamation. Think of it as the exclamation "What questions this will . . . has . . . laid before us!", but with an unusual, literary word order.

You could also think of it as a rhetorical question, used only to draw attention to the questions that have been 'laid before us'. If you think of it in that way then, strictly speaking, it should have a question mark, but the author has chosen the exclamation mark to emphasize that it's intended as an exclamation.

Best wishes, Clive
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Hi Cadzao

The word 'what' can be used as a determiner to introduce an opinion, usually in an exclamatory sentence. You can see this function more clearly in the sentence that follows the one you are asking about. Normally you would not see subject-verb inversion with this use of 'what', so the author has indeed expressed the sentence as a question. However, the sentence expresses an exclamatory rhetorical question, rather than a "real" question.

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What speed you have, Clive! Emotion: smile I didn't see your post before I posted.
Hi Clive and Yankee

I am fine. Thank you. Haven't seen you for ages. How are you?

It's getting cold in Canada, isn't it, Clive?

Thank you so much for your help.

Best wishes

Cadzao
Hi,

Yes, today it is around zero degrees.

Clive
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Today it's around 8 degrees. A little warmer than usual for this time of year here.

Clive
It's been warmer than usual around here, too. It's a sunny 54° F (12° C) in my neck of the woods today.
"Neck of the woods" -- I just had another interesting expression. Emotion: smile

Thank you Yankee.
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