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Exclamation Mark - Glossary of Terms

Exclamation Mark

An exclamation mark (!) is used to indicate a sudden order, intensity of emotion (such as surprise) or volume.  It is used after an exclamation.


Get off!
I was on time!
It's a pike!
Avoid using exclamation mark in formal writing - they are considered somewhat crass. In official correspondence, your power of expression needs to be strong enough the negate the need for exclamation marks. Also, using two or more exclamation marks consecutively is considered rude or juvenile.

Be ready!!!!
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