Change Assertive sentences into Exclamatory sentences

Before we master how to change or transform assertive sentences into exclamatory sentences, we must know what assertive and exclamatory sentences are.

What is an assertive sentence?

Assertive sentence definition: an assertive/declarative sentence is used to declare something. The information you give can be facts or simply opinions. It ends with a period, also known as a full stop.

Examples:-

  • I love teaching English.
  • You guys are the best.
  • We watched a movie yesterday.
  • Jon is my school friend.

What is an exclamatory sentence?

Exclamatory sentence definition: An exclamatory sentence is used to express strong feelings/emotions like love, hate, excitement, joy, sadness, frustration, etc. An exclamatory sentence ends with an exclamation mark.

Examples:-

  • This car is amazing! (expressing happiness)
  • My dog has passed away! (expressing sorrow)
  • How can you lose that paper! (expressing frustration)
  • What a movie that was! (expressing admiration)

Now we know what assertive and exclamatory sentences are. Let us look at how to change/transform assertive sentences into exclamatory sentences.

Assertive sentence examples:

  • It is a beautiful day.
  • That was a nerve-racking match.
  • Max has an amazing car.
  • You have a beautiful girl to love.
  • He was shocked to see me.
  • You are fortunate to have her.
  • The place was expensive.
  • The weather is romantic.
  • They are excited to come to my place.

Exclamatory sentence examples:

  • What a beautiful day it was!
  • What a nerve-racking match that was!
  • What an amazing car you have!
  • What a beautiful girl you have to love!
  • How shocked he was to see me!
  • How fortunate you are to have her!
  • How expensive the place was!
  • How romantic the weather is!
  • How excited they are to come to my place!

Wasn’t it easy to change assertive sentences into exclamatory sentences? It was, right? There are two structures using which the transformation of assertive sentences into exclamatory happened above.

Structure 1:

Assertive sentence: Subject + linking verb + noun phrase (subject complement) + modifiers (optional).

When an assertive sentence has the above structure, use the following structure to change it into an exclamatory sentence;

Exclamatory sentence: What + noun phrase + subject + linking verb + !

Assertive sentences examples

  • It is a beautiful day.

It = the subject
is = the linking verb
A beautiful day = the noun phrase (subject complement)

  • That was a nerve-racking match.
  • Max has an amazing car.

Exclamatory sentences examples

  • What a beautiful day it was.

What = A word that strengthens the emotion in the sentence
A beautiful day = the noun phrase (subject complement)
It = the subject
is = the linking verb

  • What a nerve-racking match that was!
  • What an amazing car you have!

Structure 2:

Assertive sentence: Subject + linking verb + adjective (subject complement) + modifiers (optional)

When an assertive sentence has the above structure, use the following structure to change it into an exclamatory sentence:

Exclamatory sentence: How + the adjective + subject + linking verb + !

  • Assertive: The weather is romantic.
  • Exclamatory: How romantic the weather is!
  • Assertive: The place was expensive.
  • Exclamatory: How expensive the place was!
  • Assertive: They are excited to come to my place.
  • Exclamatory: How excited they are to come to my place!

How to change assertive sentences into exclamatory sentences when assertive sentences have action verbs in them?

Assertive sentence structure: the subject + a verb (action) + an adverb of manner + modifiers (optional).

Exclamatory sentence structure: How + the adverb of manner + the subject + the verb!

  • Assertive: She sings beautifully.
  • Exclamatory: How beautifully she sings!
  • Assertive: The boys are working on the task honestly.
  • Exclamatory: How honestly the boys are working on the task!
  • Assertive: He kissed her passionately.
  • Exclamatory: How passionately he kissed her!
  • Assertive: Max surprisingly knocked him out.
  • Exclamatory: How surprisingly Max knocked him out!

NOTE: We change/transform assertive sentences into exclamatory sentences using the above structure when the assertive sentences have an action verb and an adverb of manner (beautifully, honestly, passionately, surprisingly)

But we don’t change/transform assertive sentences into exclamatory sentences the same way when the assertive sentences don’t have an adverb of manner. In such a case, simply replace the period with an exclamation mark.

  • Assertive: She sings. (no emotions)
  • Exclamatory: She sings! (Expressing strong emotions, maybe the speaker is shocked or happy to say that.)
  • Assertive: We won the match. (Expressing no emotions)
  • Exclamatory: We won the match! (Expressing happiness)
  • Assertive: My dog died last night. (Expressing no emotions)
  • Exclamatory: My dog died last night! (Expressing happiness)
  • Assertive: We are going to the mall. (Expressing no emotions)
  • Exclamatory: We are going to the mall! (Expressing excitement and joy)

Here’s my youtube video that helps you master how to Transform an assertive into an exclamatory sentence:

https://youtu.be/WQUL49wOm3o

4 thoughts on “Change Assertive sentences into Exclamatory sentences”

  1. Thanks mann, your explanation on changing assertive to exclamatory sentences helped me a lot in my english assignment in school…….Hats Off…….Nice Website too….

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  2. Q-a beautiful is painting what this
    {Arrange into exclamatory sentence}
    Correct ans1 -what a beautiful painting is this!
    Ans2- what a beautiful painting this is!
    Which one is correct?

    Reply

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