Unit 7.2

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Exclamatory Sentences

Introduction

Exclamatory sentences are used to express strong feelings as anger, surprise, pain, pleasure.

Form

Exclamatory sentences usually start by how, so, such, what and they end with an exclamation mark (!).

Each exclamatory word has different possible structures and they are how, so, such and what.

How

How is used with both singular and pluralf forms and it has these structures:
How + adjective + …!
How + adjective/adverb + subject + verb + …!
How + subject + verb + …!

So

So is used with both singular and plural forms:
Subject + verb + So + adjective + …!

Such

Such is used with both singular and plural forms in the following way:

  • Singular: Subject + verb + Such + a/an + adjective + singular countable noun + …!
  • Plural: Subject + verb + Such + adjective + uncountable/plural noun + …!

What

What is used with both singular and plural forms in the following way:

  • Singular: What + a/an + adjective + singular countable noun + …!
  • Plural: What + adjective + uncountalbe/plural noun + …!

Example

  • How nice!
  • How hot it is!
  • How you two have grown!
  • He is so polite!
  • You’re such a kind girl!
  • These are such good seats!
  • What a nice hotel!
  • What elegant glasses!

Use

We use exclamatory sentences to show strong emotions, show extremes or to emphasise something.

Summary

We can use exclamatory sentences to express strong feelings.

Exclamatory sentences usually contain exclamatory words (how, so, such and what) and they end with an exclamation mark (!).

For example:
— “How beautifully you sing!
— “You are so sweet!
— “We are such stupid people!
— “What a beautiful girl!

NOTE: Exclamatory words give more emphasis to exclamatory sentences.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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