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P eriod versus Exclamation Point
 
Lesson 5-2
Prompt:Imperative sentences, sentences that give a command or request, end with a period: "Please go to the store." Exclamatory sentences, sentences that show strong emotion, end with an exclamation point (!): "What a beautiful day!" Interjections, one of the parts of speech, are words or expressions used to express strong feeling rather than meaning. When interjections stand alone as complete sentences, they are exclamatory sentences and end with an exclamation point: "Oh dear!" or "Hurrah!" Any sentence can be changed into an exclamatory sentence by inflection of voice and tone. "Please be careful." can become "Please be careful!" However for this exercise, we will use the usual and customary pattern of words to show imperative and exclamatory sentences.
Directions:The end-point punctuation has been omitted for the following sentences. Click to select the correct end-point punctuation from the choices at the end of each sentence.
1.Bah humbug ( . ) ( ! )
2.Please study these questions ( . ) ( ! )
3.Please see me after class ( . ) ( ! )
4.What a surprise this is ( . ) ( ! )
5.Open to page thirty-five ( . ) ( ! )
6.Be home by midnight ( . ) ( ! )
7.Take out the garbage ( . ) ( ! )
8.Turn off the television ( . ) ( ! )
9.Hit the deck ( . ) ( ! )
10.Please direct your attention here ( . ) ( ! )
11.Write an imperative sentence ( . ) ( ! )
12.What a day that will be ( . ) ( ! )
13.Mark your answers here ( . ) ( ! )
14.Please take out your paper and pencils ( . ) ( ! )
15.What a good time we had ( . ) ( ! )
16.Please vote for me ( . ) ( ! )
17.John, will you please start reading ( . ) ( ! )
18.Drive carefully on the way home ( . ) ( ! )
19.How happy we were ( . ) ( ! )
20.Please submit this exercise ( . ) ( ! )