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Exclamation Mark Punctuation in Writing


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.

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

b)      Emphasize a strong command.
       Call an ambulance! 

c)       Express a special indication of contempt or scorn.

                   There goes the company expert!

* Double exclamation marks should be avoided in business correspondence.

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