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T he Interrogative versus The Exclamatory Sentence
 
Lesson 4-21
Prompt:The final two types of sentences (according to their use) are the "interrogative" sentence and the "exclamatory" sentence. The interrogative sentence asks a question and ends with a question mark (?). Often the subject will follow the verb in interrogative sentences. The exclamatory sentence expresses strong feelings and ends with an exclamation point (!). Often the word order in exclamatory sentences changes. The exclamation point should be rarely used and used with great care to show an outburst of strong feeling. Any sentence might possibly be punctuated with an exclamation point if the writer so desires. For these exercises the most common examples of exclamatory sentences are used.
Examples:1) "What is your name?" This is an interrogative sentence — it asks a question. 2) "What a great day this is!" This is an exclamatory sentence — it shows strong feeling.
Directions:Read each of the following sentences and click to select below whether the sentence is interrogative or exclamatory.
Note:The end point punctuation has been purposely omitted in this exercise.
1.Have you completed your homework ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
2.What a surprise this is ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
3.Did you expect me to bail you out ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
4.When will you be ready ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
5.How happy we were ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
6.Who is that man ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
7.Why are we still waiting ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
8.What a good time we had ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
9.Are you going to the dance ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
10.You are expecting me to go, are you ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
11.When shall I call ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
12.What a day that will be ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
13.How shall I address the letter ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
14.Where are my shoes ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
15.Why are you so angry ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
16.What an attitude you have ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
17.Will we see you often ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
18.Have you finished your meal ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
19.Are we near the end of this exercise ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)
20.What a delight to be finished ...
(interrogative) (exclamatory)