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How to use Exclamation Marks? :
The aim of punctuation is to make the meaning of written words as clear and as immediately understandable as possible. Read the following and see whether you can get the sense.
What do you mean I am a detective
The meaning of these words depends on the punctuation.
(A) What! Do you mean I am a detective?
(b) What do you mean? I am a detective.
Compare the following.
(a) He doesn’t walk normally. (= He walks in a strange way.)
(b) He doesn’t walk, normally. (= Usually he doesn’t walk.)
Here is another example. The words in each of the following sentences are the same.
But the meaning differs depending on the punctuation.
(a) Gopal said, “Suresh met with an accident.”
(b) “Gopal”, said Suresh, “met with an accident.”
The commonly used punctuation marks are…
1. Full Stop (.)
2. Question Mark (?)
3. Exclamation Mark (!)
4. Comma (,)
5. Colon (:)
6. Semicolon (;)
7. Quotation Marks Or Inverted Commas (‘‘ Or “ ”)
8. Apostrophe (’)
The exclamation mark
is used at the end of an exclamation or an interjection.
What a good idea!
Shh! You will wake the baby.
Wow! You look terrific!
The exclamation mark may also be used after a strong imperative (= order / warning)
Don’t touch that wire!
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