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Exclamation Mark Punctuation in Writing

EXCLAMATION MARK:

Restraint should be exercised when using the exclamation punctuation mark in writing, for when it is used liberally it will lose its impact.


The exclamation mark is used to:

a)      Indicate a strong and emotional response.
 
Example:

                  We are going to hold a party to celebrate this great success! 

b)      Emphasize a strong command.
  Example:
       Call an ambulance! 

c)       Express a special indication of contempt or scorn.
  
Example:

                   There goes the company expert!


* Double exclamation marks should be avoided in business correspondence.


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