PSLE English

When should you use an exclamation mark?

Notes from the video ‘Diffusion Academy| PSLE English Punctuation|Exclamation Mark‘ :

When do we use an exclamation mark?
If you are active on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
It is likely that you would have read something like this:
“OMG! I am so excited!!!”
or “I just won a trip to Paris!!!”


There are a lot of people who try to intensify emotion by using multiple exclamation marks when one exclamation is sufficient to express the idea of excitement.
The exclamation point is so overused that some of its effectiveness is compromised.

What are some of the mistakes when using exclamation marks?
As we went through earlier, one mistake is using too many exclamation marks at the end of a sentence.

Another common mistake is mixing exclamation point with other punctuation marks.
In this example, “Wait, what are you saying?!?!?!”


How do we know whether to use a question mark or an exclamation mark?
If you are asking for confirmation, you should use question mark.
And if you are exclaiming over what the person said, you should be using exclamation mark.


In what other situations do we use an exclamation mark?
Exclamation marks are usually placed at the end of the sentence to express extreme emotions like excitement, horror, urgency etc.
Here are a few examples:
“Yes, I won!”
“I am so scared!”
or “No, I don’t want that!”

When should we avoid an exclamation point?
1. When we are writing a professional email
2. An important term paper
3. When you used too many exclamation point in your essay

Other related content:

Whom vs Who
Much vs Many
Em Dash



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