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Section 8.6

Exclamation Points

In technical and scientific writing, use exclamation points onlyto end warning or caution statements or as specialized scientificnotation. For other purposes, use a periodor question mark.


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Specialized Scientific Notation

Use the exclamation point as a factorial symbol in mathematicalnotation.


5! [represents 5 × 4 × 3 × 2 ×1]

Use the exclamation point as a phonetic symbol in linguisticrepresentations.

Some interesting counterexamples appear in !Kungsyntax.

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