End the sentence with an exclamation mark when the speaker needs to display strong emotion, excitement, or emphasis.
- Don’t do that!
- Don’t hit him!
- That test was nearly impossible!
- Stop that!
- I could never do that again, nor would I want to!
Exclamation as words spoken
- They don’t ever remember scolding him, “You can’t do that!”
- The game ended when the umpire shouted, “Strike three!”
- Half the crowd roared, “We won!” but the other half filed out silently.
- No comma after “We won!”
- The passenger yelled, “Stop! Now!” just before the car hit the tree.
- No comma after “Now!”
Exclamation as main sentence
- They were so excited when they heard the announcement, “The Dodgers lost”!
- I couldn’t believe it when he told me, “Here’s your shovel”!
- I’ve told you a thousand times, “I don’t like peas”!
- My child spoke her first word today! She said, “Mommy”!
- I can’t believe that he can’t pronounce “aluminum”!
Exclamation as both sentence and words spoken
- Their mother yelled at them, “Clean up that mess! Right now!”
- She was absolutely terrified when the ghost shouted, “Boo!”
- Even the teacher was shouting, “School’s out!”
- “I’ve told you a thousand times, ‘Turn right here!’ ”
- A space between the closing quotation marks makes the quotation marks more obvious.
- “Quit yelling, ‘Stop!’ ”
- A space separates the single quotation mark from the double.