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Bonnie Gibson
05-16-2005, 10:19 PM
Does anyone know when it is proper to use an exclamation point? I was always taught that you use it when you are using a sentence with exitement. I was told by a publishing company that I used the exclamation point in my manuscript:

<QUOTE> This is an editorís bane and any editor worth their salt will scream long and loud.

Should we NEVER use it or what?

New author, very confused.

Bonnie

trumancoyote
05-16-2005, 10:22 PM
I'd say it's proper to use a quotation mark whenever you're quoting anything ;)

<I'm aware this doesn't make sense anymore>

Medievalist
05-16-2005, 10:57 PM
Does anyone know when it is proper to use an exclamation point? I was always taught that you use it when you are using a sentence with exitement.

Journalists refer to the exclamation point as a "screamer." That's a good way to think about it. Use it very, very rarely. The idea is that the words, and the context, should convey the "excitement," or other emotional intensity--and the punctuation mark may actually detract from paying attention to the words.

When you're reading fiction, notice how very rarely you see the exclamation point.

arrowqueen
05-17-2005, 12:23 AM
Only when someone's falling off a cliff.

Bonnie Gibson
05-17-2005, 01:02 AM
That helps a bunch.

Bonnie