Exclamation points (!)

Even rarer than question marks, exclamation points are almost never used in academic or formal writing. They owe their rarity in academic writing to the spirit of dispassionate discussion that formal writing usually requires.

The excitability communicated by an exclamation disqualifies the exclamation mark from acceptable use.

The importance of some fact should be obvious enough when stated, which means it should not need to be exclaimed.  The exclamation point in academic writing is a bit like the shout in polite conversation.

Cite this Scribbr article

If you want to cite this source, you can copy and paste the citation or click the “Cite this Scribbr article” button to automatically add the citation to our free Citation Generator.

Bryson, S. (2017, March 27). Exclamation points (!). Scribbr. Retrieved January 31, 2023, from https://www.scribbr.com/academic-writing/exclamation-points/

Is this article helpful?
Shane Bryson

Shane finished his master's degree in English literature in 2013 and has been working as a writing tutor and editor since 2009. He began proofreading and editing essays with Scribbr in early summer, 2014.