Glossary: exclamative clause


An alternative label for exclamation, as defined in the National Curriculum. This is a clause type which generally starts with an exclamative phrase containing what or how, and is typically used to make an exclamation. Examples are What a fuss he made! and How tall she is! The exclamative phrase comes first even when it is not the Subject, so there is often a special word order (compare with the usual order in He made a big fuss or She is very tall).

Clause types: statements, questions, commands and exclamations

The National Curriculum recognises four clause types (also called ‘sentence types’ ). They are usually used to ‘do different things’:

Each clause type has its own typical pattern (i.e. word order).

In statements, the Subject comes in its typical position before the verb. Here are some examples:


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