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! Exclamation mark

In many subjects it is not acceptable to use exclamation marks in academic work and it may be safest to avoid them.

Exceptions to this might be any coursework which is not in an academic format e.g. creative writing; publicity brochures or materials; posters. Check with your tutor about posters. In some subjects (e.g. science), posters are used as an academic format.

The uses of the exclamation mark are described in the Development Level.

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