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    Default Need advice on the use of Exclamation mark, thanks teachers

    Question 1:
    When using a saying verb such as "exclaimed", does the sentence which follows or goes before it must have an exclamation mark? For example: "It isn't fair!" exclaimed Sue.

    Can I use "exclaimed" here?
    "There's a prickle in my tongue. It hurts badly," Sue exclaimed.

    Question 2:
    Where should I put the exclamation mark?

    "Hello, Grace! I didn't expect to see you here."
    OR
    "Hello, Grace. I didn't expect to see you here!"

    Should I put it after "Grace" or after the word "here"?

    Please advise, thanks teachers
    Last edited by Help Wanted; 26-Nov-2005 at 04:45.

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    Default Re: Need advice on the use of Exclamation mark, thanks teachers

    1- I don't think there are any hard and fast rules- you'll see exclamation marks and other punctuation being used. The natural place for it would be after 'badly' to emphasise the suffering.
    2- I'd put it where the surprise would have been. In your example, the surprise could come in either place, depending on the context. I would probably put it at the end, though.
    Last edited by Tdol; 27-Nov-2005 at 06:43.

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