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Exclamatory Sentence

An exclamatory sentence, sometimes called an exclamation sentence, is a statement that presents an exclamation. Who does he think he is! Although this sentence is written in the form of a question, the exclamation mark indicates that the sentence's function is exclamatory. Another way of defining exclamatory sentence is by form. Form has to do with a sentence's word arrangement. To be an exclamatory sentence in form, sentences must begin with what or how, be non-interrogative, and contain a shift in the typical word order. 
    • What treachery!
    • What child-like innocence!
    • What awful weather!
    • How noble of him to do that!
    • How clever of you!


Exclamatory Sentence Definition

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Formal English requires exclamations to begin with either the word what or how.  Exclamation marks deliver a jolt of feeling, which is why they’re so common in ordinary speech.  On the other hand, exclamation marks need to be used carefully in writing. Exclamatory sentence are used to emphasize a point but be cautious not to over do. For example, can you imagine reading line after line of sentences like this!! And when it comes to academic writing, such as essays and reports, one must never use exclamatory sentences at all, except when you are using them in quotations.

An exclamatory sentence, or exclamation, is a more powerful version of a declarative sentence. In other words, an exclamatory sentence makes a statement (just like a declarative sentence), but it also conveys excitement or emotion. The sentence which express some strong feeling or emotion such as sorrow, joy, surprise, wonder, contempt, etc, is called Exclamatory Sentence. An exclamatory sentence ends with an exclamation mark (!)

Grammar rules that needs to know about:

Rule Number One: If the noun in your sentence is plural, the correct choice is what, not how.
  • “What exceptional youngsters these are!” is correct.
  • “How exceptional youngsters these are!” is incorrect.
  • What is acceptable with singular nouns as well.
  • “What an exceptional youngster this is!”
The emotion portrayed in the above examples is one of astonishment.  You’ll quickly see that any emotion can be expressed with exclamations.

Rule Number Two: When punctuating an exclamatory sentence, the exclamation mark should be at the sentence end, not in the middle of the sentence.
  • “Fantastic, we closed the deal!”  is correct.
  • “Fantastic! we closed the deal.” is incorrect.

An interrogative sentence can become an exclamation, too. 
Example:What did you do to the cat’s hair!
Mentioned below are some examples of exclamatory sentences:
  1. You were meant to be back yesterday!  (expresses anger)
  2. Jeepers! You scared the life out of me! (expresses surprise)
  3. We won! (expresses happiness)
  4. This puzzle is driving me up the wall! (expresses frustration)
  5. You're adorable! (expresses love)
  6. It's a boy! (expresses joy)
  7. I'm really going to miss this place! (expresses sorrow)

Exclamatory Words

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Exclamatory words are words that create a strong emotional response. Exclamatory words that can stand alone as a sentence while communicating emotions or reactions are called interjections. Interjections don’t require a subject or verb to express a thought.  Nevertheless, they can be inserted in a sentence by using commas.

By sprinkling writings with apt exclamatory sentences, one will find you’ve added excitement to your story or prose.  Exclamations aren’t applicable for emphasizing points that could certainly be made with a declarative statement. As an alternative, use exclamatory sentences to show sincere, honest emotion to pull your reader into your words.

    • Wow!
    • Brilliant!
    • Awesome!
    • Ouch!
    • Amazing!
    • Bravo!
    • Fantastic!
    • Tremendous!
    • Sheesh!
    • Geronimo!
    • Timber!
    • Eureka
    • Hooray!
    • Wowsers!
    • Gosh!
    • Jeepers!
    • Magnificent!
    • Unbelievable!

Exclamatory Sentence Examples

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The following sentences are all examples of exclamations. See if you can determine the emotion expressed in each:

  1. What a beautiful flower it is!
  2. Bravo! Well done.
  3. Oh! What a fool he is!
  4. How beautiful the rainbow is!
  5. Ah! All the questions are easy.
  6. What a tall tree it is!
  7. How intelligent you are!
  8. What a lovely sight!
  9. What a fine idea!
  10. What a wonderful sight!
  11. Wow, what a sight! 
  12. Oh, I am depressed! 
  13. I cannot survive without you!
  14. We have won! 
  15. I don’t know what’s going on! 
  16. You made my day! I simply adore you!
  17. Deep in my heart I will miss you! 
  18. Oh! what a fine climate!
  19. No, you did not have permission to stay out this late!
  20. I can't figure this out!
  21. Our team won the championship!
  22. I don't know what happened here!
  23. I just won the lottery!
  24. My life will never be the same without you!
  25. Oh, I didn't see you come in!
  26. What did you do to the dog’s hair!
  27. Wow, that was a thrilling ride!
  28. Brilliant, you solved the puzzle!
  29. Awesome, you got the job!
  30. Ouch, that really hurts!
  31. I don’t know what you feel but, sheesh, I think the food was too expensive!
  32. It's alive! It's alive!
  33. I can't believe it! Reading and writing actually paid off!
  34. Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!
  35. Have fun storming the castle!
  36. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!
  37. Boy, do I hate being right all the time!
  38. Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! 
  39. Now, let's go before they light the torches!
  40. What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!

Exclamatory Sentence Exercise

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Change the following assertive sentences into exclamatory sentences.

  • It was a very hot day.
  • She dances very well.
  • They were the most wonderful examples.
  • The rose is a very beautiful flower.
  • We loved him very warmly.
  • India is a very peaceful country.
  • We loved him very warmly.
  • He is a very rude man.
  • She looks exhausted.
  • The weather is very nice.
  • That was very interesting.
  • She is very generous.
  • That is a sad state of affairs.
  • It was a nice evening.
  • She is an incredibly strong woman.
  • He is very obedient.
  • New York is a very big city.
  • You sing very well.
  • It was a splendid performance.
  • He is very brave.
  • You are very fortunate.
  • She is a brilliant actor.
  • You are very kind.
  • Iron is very useful.
  • Sophia is a gorgeous young lady.
  • You have a lovely smile.
  • He is very generous.
  • She is very knowledgeable.
  • It was a pleasant surprise.
  • Gold is very precious.
  • He is a very intelligent boy.

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