Points of Exclamation

By Michael

If you want to strongly emphasize a sentence, either because it’s emphatic or humorous, you may sparingly use a exclamation point. But use it sparingly! It’s supposed to express strong emotion. Don’t use more than one at the end of a sentence, unless you’re a strongly-emotional fourteen-year-old girl writing on MySpace.

Much better: use exclamation points no more than once per page. Like the boy who cried Wolf so often that nobody believed him when he saw a real wolf, you don’t want to become known as the writer who cried Exclamation when there wasn’t really anything worth exclaiming about.

If the exclamation is part of a quotation, put the exclamation point inside the quotes. So, if it represents your strong emotion, put the exclamation point outside the quotation marks. If you’re quoting someone else with strong emotions, put the exclamation point inside the quotes.

For example:
I can’t believe that you used multiple exclamation points when you wrote, “Whatever!!,” especially at your age, Grandmother!

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2 Responses to “Points of Exclamation”

  • Rajat

    How nice

    What a lovely day

    Please specify the correct punctuation

  • Lauren

    Lol, this post made me laugh. Very funny–and educational!

    I stand by that exclamation point.

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