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Unit 11.1

Exclamatory Sentences

Syntax

Exclamatory sentences are used to express strong feelings (anger, surprise, pain, pleasure…).

Exclamatory sentences are usually introduced by what, so, such, and they end with the exclamation mark (!).

Every exclamatory word fills a different place within the sentence, that’s why exclamatory sentences change their structures depending on the exclamatory word.

What

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

So

Both singular and plural: Subject + verb + so + adjective + …!

Such

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

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

  • Both singular and plural nouns
    • 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 exclamatory sentences to show strong emotions, show extremes or give emphasis to something.

We can use exclamatory sentences to express strong feelings. Exclamatory sentences usually contain exclamatory words (what, so and such) and are followed by the exclamation mark (!).

They are:

  • What:
    Singular: What + a/an adjective + singular noun + …!
    Plural: What + adjective + plural noun + …!
  • So:
    Singular and plural: Subject + verb + so + adjective + …!
  • Such:
    Singular: Subject + verb + such + a/an adjective + singular noun + …!
    Plural: Subject + verb + such + adjective + plural noun + …!

For example:
— “What a beautiful girl!” = We use what 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 we have a noun after an adjective.

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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