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What are Some Examples of Exclamatory Sentences?

What is an Exclamatory Sentence?

What is an Exclamatory Sentence? (with Examples)

An exclamatory sentence expresses a strong emotion and ends with an exclamation mark (!).

An exclamatory sentence, or exclamation, is a stronger version of a declarative sentence. In other words, an exclamatory sentence makes a statement (just like a declarative sentence), but it also expresses excitement or emotion.
Exclamatory sentences are common in advertising and informal correspondence (eg, emails, texts). They are quite rare in business correspondence, where a level head usually needs to be depicted.

What is an Exclamatory Sentence?

An exclamatory sentence, also known as an exclamatory clause, is a statement that expresses strong emotion. Generally, in English grammar, an exclamatory sentence ends with an exclamation point (!)—also called an exclamation point.

Exclamatory sentences are one of the four main sentences in the English language: declarative sentences that describe events, imperative sentences that give commands, and interrogative sentences that ask questions and end with a question mark. Exclamatory sentences are appropriate in casual settings, however. However, avoid using exclamatory sentences in all types of formal writing, including academic writing.

Definition of an Exclamatory Sentence

An exclamatory sentence is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “a sentence containing exclamation or emphatic emphasis”. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word ‘exclamation’ as “a sharp or sudden utterance” and “a strong expression of protest or complaint”. It is also meant to be an exclamatory sentence.

Examples of Exclamatory Sentences

Here are some examples of exclamatory sentences. Check them out.

  • Oh, That is excellent!
  • I don’t know what they think of us!
  • You were amazing!
  • She is not doing it right!
  • You didn’t a really good job!
  • Wow! I really can’t believe we did that!
  • My God! They are some wonderful great decorations.
  • How does she do it!
  • That is great!
  • How sad is this!
  • How very strange it was!
  • How I like you!
  • What a big mess you have made!
  • How adorable the child is!
  • Oh, how I miss college!
  • You have really big eyes!
  • Wow, that is good news!
  • What a surprise!
  • It was a great English movie!
  • How I loved the magazine book!

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Why Exclamatory Sentences are Important

Do not use excessive exclamations. A wonderful sentence stirs emotions. If you add emotion to everything, you end up adding emotion to nothing.

An exclamatory sentence can be useful for emphasizing a point but only when emphasizing an emotion. Do not put an exclamation mark at the end of a declarative sentence (statement of a topic) just to indicate its importance. Your readers will quickly begin to question your writing skills and even your sincerity if you make a habit of using exclamation marks and not choosing words to convey the importance of a statement. Oh, and definitely never use more than one exclamation mark.
Exclamatory sentences are not commonly used in business writing, but they are common in informal correspondence and advertisements.
I can’t believe it’s not butter!

FAQs on Exclamatory Sentences in English

What is an exclamatory sentence?


An exclamatory sentence is one that expresses sudden emotions and feelings. It starts with a capital letter and ends with an exclamation mark.
What is the definition of an exclamatory sentence?

An exclamatory sentence is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “a sentence containing exclamatory or emphatic emphasis”. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word ‘exclamation’ as “a sharp or sudden utterance” or “a strong expression of protest or complaint”. It is also meant to be an exclamatory sentence.
What are the points to keep in mind when forming exclamatory sentences?

Things to keep in mind when creating exclamatory sentences are:
  • You can use of interjections.
  • Start the sentence with an exclamatory pronoun like ‘how’ or ‘what’ to emphasize the noun or object in the sentence.
  • However, end the sentence with an exclamation mark.