Exclamatory Sentences: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Shelley Vessels

Shelley has taught at the middle school level for 10 years and has a master's degree in teaching English.

Exclamatory sentences are the kind of sentences that you want to reserve for your strongest emotions. In this lesson, you'll learn about exclamatory sentences, how to write one, and how to identify one in speech and writing.

What Are Exclamatory Sentences?

You may recall that there are four different categories of sentences: declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory. Today, we will focus on exclamatory sentences, which are sentences you use when you're expressing strong emotions. They're the types of sentences that make your voice get a little louder and your pitch a little higher with excitement, fear, or even disbelief.

Let's check out a few examples of exclamatory sentences:

There's a moose in the backyard!

That football game was so exciting!

I can't believe that you just said that!

That mime shouldn't be talking!

How to Form Exclamatory Sentences

The rules for exclamatory sentences can be explained in two parts.

  • First, an exclamatory sentence must end in an exclamation point in order to communicate in writing that you're expressing a strong emotion.
  • Second, an exclamatory sentences must be a complete sentence. That means it needs to have a subject and a simple predicate (a verb). The subject of the sentence is who or what the sentence is about, while the simple predicate describes what the subject is or what the subject does in the sentence.

In the following sentence, try to find the subject and the simple predicate:

A snake slithered across the patio!

The subject of the sentence is 'snake'--what the sentence is about. What did the snake do in the sentence? The snake 'slithered,' so the simple predicate (or verb) is 'slithered.' By having both a subject and a simple predicate, the sentence is complete.

Identifying Exclamatory Sentences: Simple Tricks

In writing, you can easily tell that a sentence is exclamatory if there's an exclamation point at the end of the sentence. However, identifying exclamatory sentences when said out loud may not be so simple, but it's easier if you keep a couple of things in mind.

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