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Today you are going to learn about exclamation marks an important part of English grammar.
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Grammar: Exclamation Marks

Definition of an exclamation mark.
  • An exclamation mark looks like this:

!

  • An exclamation mark indicates the end of a sentence that is either an actual exclamation, or is intended to be astonishing in some way
  • The exclamation mark or exclamation point is a punctuation mark usually used after an interjection or exclamation to indicate strong feelings or high volume (shouting), and often marks the end of a sentence.
  • A sentence ending in an exclamation mark may be an exclamation (such as "Wow!"), or an imperative ("Stop!"), or may indicate astonishment: "They were the footprints of a gigantic duck!"
  • Informally, exclamation marks may be repeated for additional emphasis ("That's great!!!"), but this practice is generally considered unacceptable in formal prose.
  • The exclamation mark is sometimes used in conjunction with the question mark. This can be in protest or astonishment ("Out of all places, the squatter-camp?!").
  • Several studies have shown that women use exclamation marks more than men do, and one study suggests that, in addition to other usage, exclamation points may also function as markers of friendly interaction, for example, by making "Hi!" or "Good luck!" seem friendlier than simply "Hi." or "Good luck." (with periods).
Exclamation marks are used to emphasize a precautionary statement.

On warning signs, an exclamation mark is often used to draw attention to a warning of danger, hazards, and the unexpected.

These signs are common in hazardous environments or on potentially dangerous equipment. A common type of this warning is a yellow triangle with a black exclamation mark, but a white triangle with a red border is common on European road warning signs.
 
Exclamation Mark Examples
  • "Wow!"
  • "Stop!" (a command)
  • "They were the footprints of a gigantic hound!" (astonishing)
  • "That's great!"
  • "Hi!"
  • "Good luck!"
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Exclamation marks are used throughout writing in English.
 
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