The DFE don’t like them, Facebook loves them, most will use sparingly some will use liberally.

“The exclamation mark or exclamation point is a punctuation mark usually used after an interjection or exclamation to indicate strong feelings or high volume, and often marks the end of a sentence. Example: “Watch out!” Similarly, a bare exclamation mark is often used in warning signs.” (Wikipedia)

Used for yelling, making a joke, showing joy, after one word, falling over possibly…

To show anger:

“I hate you!”

To ask for help:

“Please help me!”

We also often use exclamation marks after one word or after a short word.

“Oh! I’m so disappointed.”

Or “Wonderful! Just what we needed!”

To show joy:

“Those flowers are so lovely!”

To show surprise or excitement:

“I can’t believe that you came first!”

Most students seem to know what they are but do they know how to use the exclamation mark?

Are people judged by its use? Like Trump.

 

trump

 

Stuart Jeffries on the revival of the exclamation mark https://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/apr/29/exclamation-mark-punctuation?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

This, by Stacia Briggs gives 10 facts about the exclamation mark – women use more than men apparently!

 

 

 

 

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