YES’N’YOU – Why On Earth? (A2 Unit 6 Module 1 Compatible)

Hi everyone,

Today I want to talk to you about a structure that I think is very useful. In classes it is often necessary to ask why and to give reasons for our answers. Also, sometimes I need to add emphasis to the questions I ask when I’m teaching. Additonally, there are times when my learners need to ask me what on earth I’m doing!

But, why on earth do I say that?

star  We can make questions that ask ‘why’ stronger by adding ‘on earth’ to them.


Sumo ski jumpLook at this example:

A: Why are you in hospital?

B: Because I did a ski jump.

A: Why on earth did you do that? You’re a sumo wrestler!

B: I know.


star  Another way to ask ‘why’ is with ‘What…for?’


Egg holderFor example:

A: What did you win that medal for?

B: Because I can hold 10 eggs in one hand!




You can also combine these two methods.



A very happy man

Check this out:

A: What on earth did you buy that for?

B: Because it’s the biggest burger in the world!

A: Why on earth do you want to eat that?

B: Because it’s the biggest burger in the world!



star  Did you notice how B normally responded in the dialogues above? We can give reasons for our actions by using ‘because’. Here’s what B said:

Because I did a ski jump.”

Because I can hold 10 eggs in one hand!”

Because it’s the biggest burger in the world!”


Do you remember what A asked B?


star  We can also use ‘due to the fact that’ before a clause:

Due to the fact that I did a ski jump.”


star  Or ‘due to’ or ‘because of’ before a noun.

“I cannot sleep in this country in the summer due to the extreme temperatures at night.”Too hot to sleep

“It’s also because of the humidity. The insufferable humidity.”

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