ACT English 4.1 Punctuation
ACT English: Punctuation Drill 4, Problem 1. How should this sentence be changed, if at all?
|Product Type||ACT English|
|Punctuation||Dashes, Question Marks, and Exclamation Points|
|Sentence Structure||Improper Punctuation|
They might be being sarcastic.
Which...we wouldn't know anything about.
There's nothing in the sentence to make us think the speaker is being sarcastic, though,
so we'll assume he or she is genuinely excited.
We can get rid of (A), because a period just doesn't give us enough... oomph.
(B) seems suspicious as well, since there's no reason to make the sentence a question.
Both (C) and (D) end with exclamation marks, so they have the oomph we were looking for earlier.
However, we also know that "hooray" is an interjection, a word that expresses a certain
sentiment like, in this case, excitement.
Whenever we have an interjection in a sentence, we have to set it apart somehow.
It's just too much for the rest of the sentence to handle without some space.
Knowing all this, we can dub (D) the correct answer, since it separates the interjection,
"hooray" with a comma.
Quick word to the wise: It's important to warm up prior to hooraying. We suggest hip-hipping
beforehand to avoid pulled muscles.