How to make exclamatory sentences

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How to make exclamatory sentences


We can make an exclamatory sentence by using what or how at the beginning and giving an exclamatory mark at the end of the sentence.

Some exclamations can come without what or how.

We use exclamatory sentences to express strong feelings like joy, anger, surprise, or excitement

e.g. how nice it is!

what a good idea!

We will learn here how to change exclamatory to assertive and assertive to exclamatory sentences.

How to change an assertive sentence to an exclamatory?


1)Begin your sentence with what or how. When there is no noun after adjective in the assertive sentence, we begin the exclamatory sentence with HOW, and when there is a Noun after adjective begin your exclamatory sentence with WHAT.

2)Remove adverbs like very, really, indeed, too, so, simply.

3)Give an exclamatory mark (!) at the end of the sentence.


1)He is very happy.

Answer- How happy he is!

There is no noun after an adjective. So How is used

2)He is a very happy person.

Answer- What a happy person he is!

There is a noun(person) after an adjective(happy). So What is used to begin an exclamatory sentence.

3)They are so busy.

Answer- How busy they are!

4) They are very busy people.

What busy people they are!

5)You are very brave children.

What brave children you are!

6) It was a very beautiful flower.

What a beautiful flower it was!

How to change the exclamatory sentence to assertive?


1)Remove what or how and begin a sentence with the subject.

2)Add adverbs like very, really, so, too, and indeed.

3)Remove the exclamatory mark at the end of the sentence and give a full stop there.


  1. How sad he is!

Answer- He is very sad.

2)What a sad person he is!

Answer- He is a very sad person.

3)How clever and brave they are!

They are very clever and brave.

4) What a pity! (it was)

It was a great pity.

5)How nice! (it is)

It is very nice.

Why are there some Imperative sentences with exclamatory marks?

Sometimes we find the exclamatory mark at the end of imperative sentences. Generally, imperative sentences are used to give commands, instructions, and requests or advice. There is no written subject in such sentences but YOU is an assumed subject here.

Eg. Stop your nonsense!

Get lost!

Move away!

Most other imperatives have a full stop(.) at the end of them.

Eg. Please help me.

Sit here.

Don’t talk with me.

When there is an exclamatory mark at the end of an imperative sentence, it indicates that it is a directive sentence. If the command is forceful then the exclamatory mark is used and if the command is general and not much forceful then full stop is used.

Some more examples of exclamatory and assertive sentences

1)How tragic! (it is)

It is very tragic.

2)What a brave person! (he is)

He is a very brave person.

3)Books are really important.

How important books are!

4)They are very courageous and patriotic soldiers.

What courageous and patriotic soldiers they are!

5)You are so kind.

How kind you are!

6)It was a great decision.

What a great decision it was!


We can make exclamatory sentences by using What and How. When there is noun after adjective use What and if it is not there then use How.

With love+ respect from team

Dipak D. Jagtap: Always the learner.Having spent 16 years in English language training, its time now to reach the world to learn more and to share my experience and practices....
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