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    Which of the following sentences is correct:

    1. Thank you for sharing the link!

    2. Thank you for sharing the link.

    Recently, I have noticed that many English writers don't use the exclamation mark in such sentences. Is it a new trend in English?
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    Default Re: Exclamation mark with "thank you"

    Quote Originally Posted by seeeker222 View Post
    1. Thank you for sharing the link!
    2. Thank you for sharing the link.

    Recently, I have noticed that many English writers don't use the exclamation mark in such sentences. Is it a new trend in English?
    There never has been any obligation to use an exclamation mark anywhere, unless we wish to highlight strong feelings of anger, surprise, or some such emotion.
    We would use it after Thank you only if we wished to show strong emotion.

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    Default Re: Exclamation mark with "thank you"

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: Exclamation mark with "thank you"

    Quote Originally Posted by seeeker222 View Post
    Thank you!
    The exclamation mark wasn't necessary there, for example.

    Rover

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    Thank you for your comment.

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    Default Re: Exclamation mark with "thank you"

    Quote Originally Posted by seeeker222 View Post
    Which of the following sentences is correct:

    1. Thank you for sharing the link!

    2. Thank you for sharing the link.

    Recently, I have noticed that many English writers don't use the exclamation mark in such sentences. Is it a new trend in English?
    It's common on chat groups and certain internet forums which attract excitable teenagers.
    Before computers, one rarely saw more than one ! or ? at one time. That is, you're either making an exclamation or asking a question, or you're not.

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    Default Re: Exclamation mark with "thank you"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's common on chat groups and certain internet forums which attract excitable teenagers.
    Before computers, one rarely saw more than one ! or ? at one time. That is, you're either making an exclamation or asking a question, or you're not.
    Don't you think that the use of an exclamation mark is becoming a rule rather than exception these days? I see it everywhere on the Internet. Even professional writers seem to be in love with the exclamation mark.

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    Default Re: Exclamation mark with "thank you"

    It's everywhere, though I find it intrusive. I like F Scott Fitzgerald's remark that it's like laughing at your own jokes. I prefer to leave the reader to make their own decision about what's important. It should mark an exclamation, so unless you go around shouting a lot, you shouldn't need to use it much. A couple a year should be enough. Peppering texts with exclamation marks is still a little better than the use of upper case to tell people something is important, though the two often go together.

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    Tdol
    After reading your post I'm afraid to use ! and upper case. I thought it was OK to use them

    BTW, what does this smiley mean? I know it's not a good one, but people at Russian-speaking forums use it when they talk about something pleasant (this smiley looks more friendly at those forums).

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