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The Exclamation Point10,942 Reads
The Exclamation Mark or Exclamation Point ends a sentence that expresses strong feeling or an important command. It is also used at the end of short interjections such as "Wow!" or "Ouch!" and to draw attention to a fact or opinion (I am the greatest soccer player in the world!). Since exclamation points show powerful emotions, they should be used sparingly in writing and should be only used one at a time.
Rules for using the Exclamation Mark
Rule 1: Use an exclamation point to express a strong emotion, surprise, or to draw attention to something.
- I love this game!
- Yikes! That was a scary movie.
Rule 2: If you are using the interjection "O," use an exclamation point AFTER the noun following the "O."
- O brother! My dog ate my homework!
- O John! It's raining!
Rule 3: Many interjections use exclamation point after it.
- "Oh! Why are you going?"
- "Ouch! That was hot."
Rule 4: Sometimes a sentence that is phrased like a question and starts with "what" or "how," can be used as an exclamation. Use an exclamation point instead of a question mark.
- What a nice day!
- How lovely of you to come!
- How cruel it was to tell that lie!
Rule 5: Do NOT use exclamation points in formal writing for business or school, unless necessary.
The handy chart helps remember the rules and uses of the exclamation point.
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