The Exclamation Point

Exclamation points convey emphasis. Most often they close a sentence and signal the importance of the total statement. Used after imperative statements ("Come here!"), they suggest the tone of voice in which such a command would be spoken.

Even more frequently than queries, exclamation points are set within a sentence in order to stress the preceding word or phrase:

Worse yet, he must and solitude.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Interjections are usually followed by exclamation points: Bah! you expect me to believe that?

As a device of emphasis the exclamation point is of limited value. Used very occasionally, it can be effective. But like most mechanical means of emphasis, it quickly loses force. It is far better to achieve stress by effective diction and sentence structure.


Closes all declarative sentences, whether grammatically complete or not

II. Question mark

A. As an end stop

Closes all direct questions, including rhetorical ones

B. Within the sentence

May mark a word or construction 2. In parenthesis may indicate uncertainty about a matter of fact or belief

III. Exclamation point

A. As an end stop, marks a strong statement

B. Within the sentence, stresses a word or construction

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