ACT English 4.5 Punctuation
ACT English: Punctuation Drill 4, Problem 5. Where do exclamation points best fit in this sentence?
|Product Type||ACT English|
|Punctuation||Dashes, Question Marks, and Exclamation Points|
In a sentence like the one we've got here, the fact that this guy shouted in alarm doesn't
require an exclamation point, but his actual warning should be punctuated to reflect its tone.
With this in mind, we can eliminate (A) because the comma after "Look out" doesn't communicate
the fact that the guy is shouting.
If this one were right, it'd be a pretty lackluster shout to say the least.
(B) manages to get an exclamation point in at the end of the second sentence, which isn't
But like (A), it's guilty of not punctuating the guy's shouting with enough oomph.
(C) gets an exclamation point a little closer to where it needs to be, but not quite close
By putting the exclamation point after "he said," it makes it seem like someone is shouting
about somebody shouting.
And by leaving the comma after "Look out" it makes it seem like the shouting that the
person is shouting about is pretty unimpressive.
The description of him shouting isn't a direct exclamation, so we can get choice (C) out
of our lives.
Choice (D) puts the oomph smack dab on the direct exclamation, making it the right answer.
It's important to remember to exclaim at the appropriate moment; otherwise we might get
into some awkward situations.