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Exclamation Point

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)!

Common Questions about Exclamation Point

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