The exclamation mark, also called an exclamation point, is a punctuation mark that goes at the end of certain sentences.
Exclamation marks go at the end of exclamatory sentences. Exclamatory sentences express big emotions, like joy, anger, or sorrow.
- I can't wait to go to Disneyland!
- I hate you!
- Be careful!
Using Exclamation Marks in Quotes
Put the exclamation mark inside the closing quotation marks if it applies to the words enclosed by the quotation marks.
- “There’s a spider on my arm!” yelped Jeremy.
If the exclamation mark applies to the sentence as a whole, then place it at the very end.
- And then the paramedics tried to tell Jeremy it was “only a spider”!
Using Exclamation Marks in Parentheses
Put the exclamation mark inside the parentheses when it applies to the words inside the parentheses.
- Jeremy didn’t find out until later what kind of spider it was (a black widow!).
Put the exclamation mark outside the parentheses if it applies to the whole sentence.
- They settled out of court and Jeremy got a million dollars (cash)!