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Why do we need to use correct punctuation? Because it is absolutely essential to writing and expressing ourselves properly and correctly. Everywhere from the workplace to writing emails, documents and even sending text messages, society will always endeavour to adhere to the social norms, that is, what we perceive to be correct. Correct usage and a basic understanding of the fundamentals of English punctuation concerning; apostrophes, colons, semi-colons, commas, dashes, full stops, questions marks, exclamation marks and quotation marks, will lead to an overall much more fluent, comprehensive and respected English. We should strive to meet the social, academic norms, and withstand from letting ourselves become accustomed to writing in English using incorrect and shabby punctuation. Down below, we’ll elaborate and explain with examples over the basic pillars of punctuation specifically targeting: apostrophes.

Exclamation marks (!) – Marks a forceful utterance 

We typically use exclamation marks after interjections or sentences to show powerful emotion, utterance or very strong sentiment regardless of positive or negative reactions. They should only be used when necessary because they can be seen as aggressive in writing.  

  • You never told me you were leaving!
  • Have a great day!
  • Don’t ever talk to me again!
  • James is always late!
  • Get out!
  • Shut up!
  • Ugh!
  • Eh!
  • F**k!
  • S***t!
  • I’m so astonished and taken aback!

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