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    a grammar teacher

    "It's all lies!" Boyle cried.
    "Don't wake Cindy!
    Why did the writer use exclamation mark? Any special reason?
    Can we use a comma here?
    Thanks

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    Re: a grammar teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by daisy1352 View Post
    "It's all lies!" Boyle cried.
    "Don't wake Cindy!
    Why did the writer use exclamation mark? Any special reason?
    Can we use a comma here?
    Thanks
    *Not a teacher

    The writer used an exclamation mark to give strength to her/his phrase.

    I really would not use a comma as it would take off the strength of the phrase and of the pace as well.

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    Re: a grammar teacher

    It makes the sentence fragment an exclamation rather than a statement, such as "Oh boy!" or "Oh dear! We're in deep trouble now"

    JT
    *Not a teacher

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