What Is an Exclamatory Sentence (with Examples)

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What Is an Exclamatory Sentence (with Examples)

An exclamatory sentence, or exclamation, is a more forceful version of a declarative sentence. In other words, an exclamatory sentence makes a statement (just like a declarative sentence), but it also conveys excitement or emotion. An exclamatory sentence ends with an exclamation mark (!)

Exclamatory sentences are common in adverts and informal correspondence (e.g., emails, texts). They are quite rare in business correspondence, where a level head usually needs to be portrayed.

Examples of Exclamatory Sentences

Here are some examples of exclamatory sentences:
  • You were meant to be back yesterday!
  • (expresses anger)
  • Jeepers! You scared the life out of me!
  • (expresses surprise)
  • We won!
  • (expresses happiness)
  • This puzzle is driving me up the wall!
  • (expresses frustration)
  • You're adorable!
  • (expresses love)
  • It's a boy!
  • (expresses joy)
  • I'm really going to miss this place!
  • (expresses sorrow)

Other Sentence Types

Here are some examples of other sentence types:

Declarative Sentence
A declarative sentence states a fact or an argument and ends with a
full stop () / period (). For example:
  • Lee has never caught a decent bass.
Imperative Sentence
An imperative sentence is a command or a polite request. It ends with an exclamation mark (!) or a full stop / period. For example:
  • Fish somewhere else!
  • Please fish in your own area.
Interrogative Sentence
An interrogative sentence asks a question. It ends with question mark (?). For example:
  • Will you stop trying to fish in my water?

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