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noun [C]     /ˌek.skləˈmeɪ.ʃən/
something you say or shout suddenly because of surprise, fear, pleasure, etc.: an exclamation of delightShouting and screaming Grammar:Clause typesThere are four basic types of main clause: declaratives (statements), interrogatives (questions), imperatives (orders/instructions) and exclamatives (used for exclamations).See moreGrammar:Declarative clausesDeclarative clauses most commonly function as statements. The usual word order is subject (s) + verb (v) + x. Declaratives can be affirmative or negative. They make statements about how things are and how they are not.See moreGrammar:Interrogative clausesInterrogative clauses most commonly function as questions. The usual word order is (wh-word) + auxiliary/modal verb (aux/m) + subject + verb + x:See moreGrammar:Imperative clausesImperative clauses most commonly function as commands, instructions or orders. The usual word order is verb + x. We do not usually include the subject in an imperative clause. We use the base form of the verb:See moreGrammar:Exclamative clausesExclamative clauses usually have one of the following word orders:See moreGrammar:ExclamationsWe use exclamations to express surprise or shock or a strong emotion about something. The type of phrase or clause associated with exclamations is called exclamative.See moreGrammar:What …!We can use what + noun phrase ((+ verb) (+ tag)):See moreGrammar:How …!We often use how followed by an adjective only:See moreGrammar:Exclamatives with interrogative formWe sometimes make an exclamation using interrogative (question) word order:See more
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