Learn English – When do you use the exclamation mark


I get confused on when to use the exclamation mark "!". Are there concise rules on when to use the exclamation mark "!"?

Best Answer

An exclamation mark indicates that something was exclaimed.

It should generally only be used in spoken dialog, when someone is angry, excited, or frustrated. It should almost never be used in technical writing, or in narrative text. For example,

Larry walked to the store! He was very excited! He shouted, "Hello."

is an inappropriate use of exclamation marks. However,

Larry walked to the store. He was very excited. He shouted, "Hello!"

would be more appropriate.