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In which sentence do I use exclamation mark(!)?

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My opinion:

I think you can use exclamation mark in every kind of sentence in which you want to add your "emotion" in the sentence.

You can even add exclamation mark in question sentence. For example: Is it true?(!)
What a difficult question!

First of all, it is not necessary to use exclamation marks at all and some would say it is better not to, so don't worry too much about them. When they are used it is for emphasis. Sentences with exclamation marks are more emphatic than the same sentences without.

eg. compare

"what a surprise" and "what a surprise!" (the latter sounds like more of a surprise than the former)

"hello" and "hello!" the second has a bit more energy and enthusiasm.

Don't overuse exclamation marks - it's a bit naff!
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And never use more than one exclamation mark. That just sucks!!!!! [N]

Rommie
>> First of all, it is not necessary to use exclamation marks at all and some would say it is better not to,...

This is a point noone actually told me at school - in German however, exclamation marks are commonly used, also for those sentences you'd never use one in English. Often we use more than one exclammation mark, too.

When I found out that you better shouldn't use them as often in English, I try to avoid them.
just a quick (slightly) related question:

Is it permissable to use and exclamation within parenthesisa and then continue with the same sentence?

example: "it's (nearly!) time to start revising for my exams."
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Only informally.
why do there have a ! after play ball!
Because it's an imperative.

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