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Grammar: exclamation marks
Test: exclamation marks
Exclamation Marks

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

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!"
Fun Easy English Grammar Lessons
From YOUR Teacher: Exclamation Marks

Exclamation marks are used throughout writing in English.
Test: Grammar Exclamation Marks (reading and grammar)

Study the information above. For the test questions below choose which sentence ending requires an exclamation mark.
  1.  The house across the street is ________________!
A. light brown
B. on fire
C. smaller than the house next door
D. seems very nice

  2.  A comet ________________!
A. is coming in a few months
B. is now close to the sun
C. just hit somewhere in Asia
D. is a visitor from outer space

  3.  His wallet is ________________!
A. new
B. brown
C. gone
D. old

  4.  The wasabi in this sushi is ________________!
A. good
B. green
C. tasty
D. hot

  5.  Please eat your food ________________!
A. outside
B. while it is hot
C. now
D. at the table

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