Stop! Pay attention. If you understood these two sentences, you likely already understand the nuances of the exclamatory and imperative sentences. Understanding their differences can help you craft sentences that convey different types and strengths of emotion. Express yourself more powerfully with them.

Exclamatory Sentences

These types of sentences communicate an intensity of emotion not found in other phrases. The defining feature of the exclamatory sentence lies in its punctuation; every sentence of this nature must use an exclamation point, "!." Passion, frustration, joy and strong dismay are among the many lively emotional states that exclamatory sentences excel in relating. The exclamation point is best used sparingly. Too many exclamations dull the emotion of your writing.

Imperative Sentences

Imperative sentences command or request. Unlike declarative sentences that make a statement, this variety of sentence communicates an action you would like completed. The essence of the imperative is found in its simplest structure: the verb. Indeed, a single verb can double as an imperative sentence in and of itself. "Go;" "arrive;" "believe." Each of these verbs also are sentences even though it is only one word in length. Imperative sentences can sprawl with great complexity as well.

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Exclamatory Sentences' Uses and Structure

Imperative sentences are not the only type that can be demonstrated in a single word. "Whoa!" "Yippee!" and "Eureka!" are among the one word exclamations in common use throughout English. Liven up a declamatory sentence by tacking an exclamation mark to its end. "The butler did it," for instance, is a declaration whose force changes depending on the punctuation. Revealing the information in the heat of the moment, you might choose "the butler did it!" instead of the version with a period at its end.

Imperative Sentences' Uses and Structure

Advertisers and companies frequently employ imperative sentences to form catchhrases and slogans. They also can be found in classic material; each of the Bible's Ten Commandments, for instance, is an imperative sentence. The second person, "you," is always the subject of an imperative sentence even though it does not appear. Blend an exclamatory feel into your imperative sentences using an exclamation point. That punctuation mark can lend more authority and feeling to your request or demand.

About the Author

Jeffrey Norman has been writing professionally since 2005. His work has been published in such journals as the "Leland Quarterly" and on the blog, An Apple A Day. Norman earned a Bachelor of Arts in literature and creative writing from Stanford University.