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    hela is offline Senior Member
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    Default exclamations + articles

    Dear teachers,

    Would you please have a look at these sentences? Are they correct?

    1) What a horrible song!
    2) What awful news!
    3) What beautiful music they are playing!
    4) What fun your friend Maisie is!
    5) What a strange name to give a dog!
    6) What good meat this is!

    Many thanks.
    Hela

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    Nahualli Guest

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    These are all correct although I would not place an exclamation mark on all of them. Phrases like "What a strange name to give a dog" *can* have an exclamation, but a lot of people tend to overuse the exclamation point. You should try to reserve the exclamation point for things that truly are shocking. Your sentence "What horrible music!" was a good choice.

    I'm not saying that you can't be shocked by a dog's name, I'm just saying you should use the exclamation mark very judiciously.

    Treat it the same way you would treat screaming in public. Essentially that's what you're doing. :)

    I guess what I am saying in short is, all of these sentences are technically correct, the usage of the exclamation point is really based on context. Use your best judgement :)

    -Nah-

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