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Как же здесь красиво!

{vs}: Как здесь красиво!

In German, for instance, the words "doch/aber" usually used in the sense of the contrasting "but" can also serve as emphatical flavour particles in exclamative "how (beautiful/big)" contexts.

I wonder if the same goes for the "же" here. And does it have a similar function to:

Отвечайте же!

... though, in this instance, it is coupled with a verb?

  • doch/aber is a good comparison.The difference is that in German 'aber' can be used as independent word with conrecte meaning, while же is just a particle (частица) used for emphasis with other words. Compare with French 'mais' - the same idea. – alexsms Feb 21 '18 at 5:11
  • An emphatic particle. You can do without it. By the way, there's no contrasting. – V.V. Feb 21 '18 at 8:09
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You're exactly right. Же is frequently used in contexts like this, to make the statement more emphatic.

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