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Cheryl Iverson

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date: 19 January 2020

Exclamation points indicate emotion, an outcry, or a forceful comment. Try to avoid their use except in direct quotations and in rare and special circumstances. They are not appropriate in scientific manuscripts and are more common in less formal articles, such as book reviews, editorials, and informal essays, where added emphasis may be appropriate. If they are used, limit their use to one.Beware! Although it may be referred to as the gold standard, nothing is perfect! I had almost given up hope of his recovery. He was terribly sick! When it completes the emphasized material, the exclamation point goes inside

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