Exclamation mark (!) or exclamation point in American English. Learn how and when to use exclamation mark correctly with examples and ESL image.
Useful list of punctuation marks in English with example sentences.
Exclamation Mark/ Exclamation Point (!)
What is an Exclamation Mark?
An exclamation point is used to show emphasis. It can be used in the middle of a sentence or at the end of a sentence. When used at the end of a sentence, it also takes on the role of a full stop or a period.
The exclamation mark can also be used to show amusement. It can also be used for direct speech that is said loudly.
For both native speakers and English learners, exclamation marks seem to be used more often than what is required. So here we are going to explain how and when to use the exclamation point correctly with useful examples.
When to Use the Exclamation Mark
- It is used to demonstrate strong feelings or emotions such as shock, surprise, anger or a raised voice.
“Aah! It’s eating my leg!” ; “Ah! There you are!” ; “Grrr, I’ll hit your head!”
- It is used to give a command.
“Stop!” ; “Sit down!”
- It is commonly used after interjections or exclamatory sentences.
“Oh dear! I’ve lost my keys again.” ; “How interesting this film is!”
- Used to show emphasis.
“Hey!” he shouted at the passerby.
- At the end of a statement to show emphasis.
“I won’t do it!”
- To show amusement.
“They thought I was the hired clown!”
- To show words said loudly.
“Don’t forget to bring the book with you!”
- It can also be used in informal writing or to express irony, humour or sarcasm.
Exclamation Point Examples
Examples of exclamation marks which are used after interjections.
- “Ahem! Can I make a suggestion?”
- “Bingo! That’s the one I’ve been looking for.”
- “Boo!” they shouted, “Get off!”
- “A seven layer wedding cake? Ooh-la-la!”
- “Push on 3.. 1, 2, 3.. oomph!”
- “Oy! I left my purse at home.”
- “Can I sit here?” “Uh hu!”
- “Is Paul here yet?” “Uh-uh!”
- “No school for five weeks – yippee!”
- “Yuck! I hate mayonnaise.”
Examples of exclamation points which are used after exclamatory sentences.
- What beautiful weather!
- How interesting this film is!
- How well she sings!
- The meal was so good!
- She’s such a quiet girl!
- They are such kind people!
- Sit down!
- John, don’t touch that!
- Hello! How are you?
- Good night!
- Thank you!
- Please, help me!
(!) Exclamation Point/ Exclamation Mark Image
Exclamation Mark vs. Question Mark vs. Full Stop
Learn the differences between a full stop, a question mark and an exclamation mark in English with useful rules and examples.
The exclamation point (!) is commonly used after exclamations or interjections. A full stop (.) is mostly used at the end of a declarative sentence. We use a question mark (?) after an interrogative sentence in English.