English subject is common in almost all the competitive exams and there are questions based on exclamatory and assertive sentences from this section.

Do you have a query on how to change the exclamatory sentence into an assertive sentence without changing its meaning. Well, you are on the right place!

This post takes you through complete details about the meaning of an exclamatory sentence and assertive sentence and how to interchange them.

What is an Exclamatory Sentence?

Sentences that contain surprise or emotion are called exclamatory sentences. An exclamatory sentence ends with an exclamation mark (!).

An exclamatory sentence makes a statement just like a declarative sentence but is also conveys emotion.

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Examples:

  • How beautiful this city is!
  • Why don’t you listen to my words!
  • Oh, I was going to be there now!
  • No more, give up!

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What is an Assertive Sentence?

The sentence which declares a statement, feeling, opinion, history, or anything is called an assertive sentence or declarative sentence. An assertive sentence ends with a period (.).

Note that the assertive sentences can be either affirmative or negative.

Examples:

  • Alex is a good baseball player
  • He is a humble man
  • I like him for his intensity
  • He goes to school

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Exclamatory to Assertive Sentence Transformation Rules

You have to follow the rules mentioned in the table below while changing exclamatory sentences to assertive sentences.

Exclamatory Sentence structure Assertive Sentence structure Rule
what + a/an + adjective/ adverb + subject + verb! Subject + verb + a + very + adjective/ adverb. in an assertive sentence, what +a/an is replaced by a very, and these are used after the verb and before adjective/ adverb.
How + adjective/ adverb + subject + verb! Subject + verb + very + adjective/ adverb. in an assertive sentence, how is replaced by very and it is used after a verb.
Hurrah! Subject + verb + ext. It is a matter of joy that + subject + verb + ext. Hurrah is replaced by it is a matter of joy
Alas! Subject + verb + ext. It is a matter of sorrow that + subject + verb + ext. Alas is replaced by it is a matter of sorrow.
If + subject + were/verb(past) + ext.! Subject + wish + subject + were/ verb(past) + ext. For ‘If were/verb(past)’ , subject + wish + were/verb(past) is used in assertive sentence.
Were/Had + subject + ext.! Subject + wish + subject + were/had + ext. For ‘Were/ Had’, subject + wish + were/had is used in assertive sentence.
Would that + subject + could + verb + ext.! Subject + wish + subject + could + verb + ext. For if /would that subject + wish is used in an assertive sentence.

How to Change Exclamatory Sentence to Assertive Sentence

To change the exclamatory sentences to assertive sentences, you need to add words like very, great, indeed, truly, etc. to the sentence. Also, you need to remove the exclamatory mark while converting an exclamatory sentence to an assertive sentence.

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To help you get an idea about the transformation of an exclamatory sentence, we have provided few examples in the table below.

Exclamatory Sentence Assertive Sentence
What a pity you didn't come! It was a pity you did not come
What a happy day this is! This is a very happy day
Alas! We have lost the match It is indeed unfortunate that we have lost the match
How beautiful is the Taj! Taj is very beautiful
How huge this building is! This building is huge

Assertive to Exclamatory Sentence Transformation Rules

Check out the table bale to know the rules that need to be followed while changing an assertive sentence into an exclamatory sentence.

Assertive Sentence structure Exclamatory Sentence structure Rule
Subject + verb + a + very + adjective/ adverb + ext. What + a/ an + adjective/ adverb + ext. + subject + verb! in exclamatory sentence, a very is replaced by what +a/an and these are used after verb and before adjective/ adverb.
Subject + verb + very + adjective/ adverb + ext. how + adjective/ adverb + ext. + subject + verb! in exclamatory sentence , very is replaced by how and it is used after verb.
Subject + wish + subject + verb + ext. If + subject + verb + ext.! For subject + wish, it is used in an exclamatory sentence.
Subject + wish + subject + could + verb + ext. would that + subject + could + verb + ext! For subject + wish + could, if /would that is used in an exclamatory sentence

How to Change Assertive Sentence to Exclamatory Sentence

Assertive sentences merely make a statement. You can transform an assertive statement into an exclamatory sentence by using a structure with 'What' or 'How.'

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An assertive sentence is transformed into an exclamatory sentence in two different ways as explained below:

Structure 1: 

Subject + linking verb + noun phrase (subject complement) + modifiers (optional)

When the assertive sentence has the above structure, then you have to use the following structure to change it into an exclamatory sentence.

What + noun phrase + subject + linking verb + !

Example:

It is a beautiful day (Assertive)

What a beautiful day it was! (Exclamatory)

Structure 2: 

Subject + linking verb + adjective (subject complement) + modifiers (optional)

When the assertive sentence has the above structure, then you have to use the following structure to change it into an exclamatory sentence.

How + the adjective + subject + linking verb + !

Example:

The weather is romantic (Assertive)

How romantic the weather is! (Exclamatory)