Grammar Greatness: Tell me about Exclamation Marks, I SHOUTED!

October 14, 2019 | By | Reply More

The Exclamation Mark ! is added to the end of a sentence to add emphasis, a little like SHOUTING!

In the USA this is also called an Exclamation Point!

You can use the Exclamation Mark to give commands, issue exclamatory statements, or add extra emotional weight.

Examples

  • “Give me the money, now!” yelled the crook as she waved her pistol in the air.
  • Sit down right this second! I didn’t have to think twice about obeying.
  • “I can’t take it anymore!” I sobbed.
  • A shiny new jeep sitting in my drive. Oh yes!
  • Good morning!

Problems

You don’t need to add a full stop after an Exclamation Mark as ! contains its own full stop baked into the character.

You also don’t need to add more than one Exclamation Mark unless you’re texting and (a) want to look like a crazy person or (b) look like a cat has fallen asleep on your keyboard.

Incorrect: You must do it!.

Incorrect: You must do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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