Friday, November 9, 2012

The Exclamation Point

(This post comes from Susan Titus Osborn.)

The exclamation point makes an emphatic statement, an outcry, or an ironic comment. Don't double punctuate! Two exclamation points are no stronger than one, and be careful to use exclamation points sparingly.

* Look out! 

A question that is really an exclamation usually ends with an exclamation point.

* How could you possibly do that to me!

Place an exclamation point inside quotation marks, parentheses, or brackets, only when it is part of the quoted or parenthetical matter.

* The woman exclaimed, "That car hit the tree!"

* Jenny kept repeating, "I could have died!" throughout the whole questioning.

Susan Titus Osborn is the director of the Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service. She has authored 30 books. You can reach her at,

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