55 Exclamatory Sentences

Syntax

Exclamatory Sentences are used to express strong feelings (anger, surprise, pain, pleasure, etc.) and are always followed by the exclamation mark (!).

Exclamatory Sentences are usually introduced by “what”, “so”, “such“, etc.

Every exclamatory word fills a different space within the sentence, that’s why exclamatory sentences change their structures depending on the exclamatory word, as follows:

WHAT SO SUCH
SINGULAR What + “a/an” adjective + singular noun + exclamation mark (!) Subject + verb + so + adjective + exclamation mark (!) Subject + verb + such + “a/an” adjective + singular noun + exclamation mark (!)
PLURAL
What + adjective + plural noun + exclamation mark (!) Subject + verb + such + adjective + plural noun + exclamation mark (!)

What

Singular Nouns

  • What a nice hotel!
  • What an ugly suitcase!
  • What an amazing show!

Plural Nouns

  • What elegant glasses!
  • What amazing children they are!
  • What delicious oranges!

So

  • She is so clever!
  • He is so polite!
  • They are so tall!

Such

Singular Nouns

  • You’re such a kind girl!
  • This is such an enormous country!
  • He is such a nice nurse!

Plural Nouns

  • They are such kind people!
  • These are such cute glasses!
  • These are such good seats!

We use Exlamatory Sentences with exclamation marks at the end of sentences to show strong emotions, show extremes or give emphasis.

We can use Exclamatory Sentences to express strong feelings (such as anger, surprise, pain, pleasure, etc.). Exclamatory Sentences usually contain exclamatory words (for example: what, so and such) and are followed by the exclamation mark (!).

Depending on the exclamatory word used, Exclamatory Sentences have different structures, as you can see below:

  • What
    Singular nouns: What + “a/an” adjective + singular noun + exclamation mark (!).
    Plural nouns: What + adjective + plural noun + exclamation mark (!).
  • So
    Both singular and plural: Subject + verb + so + adjective + exclamation mark (!).
  • Such
    Singular nouns: Subject + verb + such + “a/an” adjective + singular noun + exclamation mark (!).
    Plural nouns: Subject + verb + such + adjective + plural noun + exclamation mark (!).

For Example:
— “What a beautiful girl!” = We use What when we want to start the sentence with an exclamatory word.
— “You are so sweet!” = We use So because there is only an adjective and exclamation mark after the exclamatory word.
— “We are such stupid people!” = We use Such because as well as having the adjective, we have a noun.

NOTE: Exclamatory words give more emphasis to the exclamatory sentence.

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