Exclamatory sentences

January 9, 2013pdf

An exclamatory sentence is used express a sudden emotion. It could be fear, anger, anxiety, admiration, excitement etc.

Here are some tips for constructing exclamatory sentences.

Use what a before a singular noun.

  • What a surprise!

Before an abstract noun or a plural noun, use what without a.

  • What awful weather!

Use how before a modifying adjective, an adverb or a verb.

Exercise

Use as many sentences as you can with the words given in the columns of the table given below.

What a foolish guy

nice

silly as

pleasant

goose

rude

I

man!

she

evening!

surprise!

you

is!

am!

is!

are!

 

What treachery!

child-like innocence!

awful weather!

lovely flowers!

   
How clever

noble

ridiculous!

of

of

you!

him to do that!

 

Examples are given below

  • What a nice evening!
  • What a pleasant surprise!
  • What treachery!
  • What awful weather!
  • How noble of him to do that!
  • How clever of you!

Note that it is possible to rewrite many of these sentences using a structure with it.

  • It was very noble of him to do that.
  • It was very clever of him.

More examples are given below.

  • How kind of him to help the poor man!
  • It was kind of him to help the poor man!
  • How thoughtless of him not to have locked the car!
  • It was thoughtless of him not to have locked the car.

 

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