(Cut and Paste – post written for Bloggers World)
Exclamations, also called interjections, are words or phrases which help a writer show emotion. They are mostly used in casual writing, not seen often in formal writing.
- If an exclamation is strong enough to stand alone, it needs to be punctuated with an exclamation mark after it, and the following sentence begins with a capital. If it comes at the end of an exclamatory sentence, it is punctuated as a sentence by itself.
Holy Cow! What did I get into volunteering to write a post on grammar!
Help! Lone Ranger, to the rescue!
Eek! I didn’t do it any better the second time!
I was chosen for the Blogger’s Award! Hoorah!
I remember how the bee stung! Ouch!
I’ll get it straightened out! Good golly, Miss Molly!
- Some are considered softer forms of emotion and are punctuated with a comma separating them from the rest of the sentence.
Oh, I really hate to be known as a party pooper!
Well, I give up!
Ah, I needed that!
- Some exclamations are in the middle of the sentence. In that case they are separated by appropriate punctuation marks before and after.
My mom will help me; indeed, she is my greatest helper.
I guess I have about . . . umm . . . sixty pages left to write.
Here is a glass of – oops, sorry – I almost spilled that!
Okay! How did I do on this post? Well, perhaps I shouldn’t ask! But, for goodness sake, you are all kind and I need your accolades. Now that it is over, give me a shout out! Way to go! I just blew an important rule about exclamations! You are supposed to be careful not to use too many!
Hum . . . yeah, no doubt about it. I used too many.
A bit on the lighter side after my intense “death and dying” blogs this last week. Enjoy this grammar lesson on the light side. (Cut and Paste – post written for Bloggers World)