The exclamation mark is becoming more common, especially online (the Wild West of the written word). But there are some things you need to know about how they should be used.
When to Use an Exclamation Mark
Originally called a ‘note of admiration’, exclamation marks are still used to express excitement. However, they can also show surprise or other strong emotions. They’re used with short interjections (e.g. ‘Wow!’), too.
- Excitement – ‘I’m really looking forward to the weekend!’
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- Interjection – ‘Wait! I forgot to tell you about the shark!’
Choice Best Choice Best Choice Jdy Black Jdy Jdy Blouse Best Blouse Black There’s no restriction on the type of sentence that can end with exclamation points, but they’re best saved for saying something forceful or emphatic.
Exclamation marks are a form of terminal punctuation, so they usually take the place of a full stop at the end of a sentence:
I’m so excited about punctuation! ✓
I’m so excited about punctuation!. ✗
You can also use exclamation points in parentheses within a longer sentence. In these cases, the sentence should end with a standard full stop:
Punctuation doesn’t excite me (not even exclamation marks!). Best Black Choice Jdy Black Choice Jdy Blouse Choice Best Best Jdy Blouse ✓
Punctuation doesn’t excite me (not even exclamation marks!) ✗
Furthermore, when an exclamation point occurs in written dialogue, it replaces the mid-sentence comma before the closing speech mark:
‘I can’t believe you ate the whole thing,’ Bob said. ✓
‘I can’t believe you ate the whole thing!’ Bob said. ✓
‘I can’t believe you ate the whole thingJdy Jdy Best Black Blouse Best Choice Jdy Best Choice Blouse Black Choice !,’ Bob said. ✗
Exclamation marks are rare in formal writing, where excessive enthusiasm is usually inappropriate. This isn’t to say you can never use an exclamation mark in formal writing. But you should ask yourself whether it’s necessary to use an exclamation point instead of a full stop.Esprit Esprit Collection Collection Off White White Esprit Shorts Off Collection Shorts PwH4q5q
Too Many Exclamations!!!
The author Terry Pratchett suggested that sanity is inversely proportional to the number of exclamation marks a person uses. This is a little harsh, but it’s true that multiple exclamation marks at the end of a sentence are rarely necessary, even in informal writing.
So remember: one exclamation point is enough! The only reason you’ll need more is to give the impression of someone losing control.
Added warning: IF YOU COMBINE EXCLAMATION MARKS WITH ALL CAPS, YOU CAN SEEM A BIT UNHINGED AND SHOUTY!!!!