By: Syed Ibrahim Shams
Direct Indirect (Exclamatory Sentences)
• Exclamatory Sentences convey some
type of strong emotion. A declarative
sentence filled with emotion and use
this punctuation mark (!)
• It’s called an exclamation mark and is
used to show a vast range of
emotions…love, anger, happiness,
confusion, elation or any other typed of
• And when it comes to academic writing,
such as essays and reports, don’t use
exclamatory sentences at all, unless
you are using them in quotations.
Rule Number One:
• If the noun in your sentence is plural,
the correct choice is what, not how.
• “What exceptional children these are!” is
• “How exceptional children these are!” is
• What is acceptable with singular nouns
• “What an exceptional child this is!”
Rule Number Two:
• When punctuating an exclamatory
sentence, the exclamation mark
should be at the sentence end, not in
the middle of the sentence.
• “Fantastic, we closed the deal!” is
• “Fantastic! we closed the deal.” is
• No, you did not have permission to stay
out this late! (anger)
• I can’t figure this out! (frustration)
• Our team won the championship!
• I don’t know what happened here!
• I simply adore you! (love)
• I just won the lottery! (elation)