Exclamative clauses

RA7

 

Exclamative clauses express admiration or surprise.

 

Examples
Ich war vielleicht aufgeregt!
Hat der aber eine schöne Frau!
Wie teuer das nur geworden ist!

 

 

Exclamative clauses vary in types and features:

 

 

1. declarative clause

 

verb position second
mood indicative
intonation descending / the word that expresses admiration or surprise is stressed
punctuation mark exclamation mark

 

 

Words like aber or vielleicht are often used to emphasize the expression of admiration or surprise. For further emphasis, it is also possible that the word that expresses admiration or surprise is in the first position of the clause.

 

Examples
Es ist aber heiß hier! Heiß ist es hier!

 

 

2. interrogative clause

 

verb position first or second positon/final position when wie is the first word
mood indicative
intonation descending / the word expressing admiration or surprise is stressed
punctuation mark exclamation mark

 

 

Words like aber, doch or nur are often used to give emphasis to the expression of admiration or surprise.

 

Examples
Ist es aber heiß hier! Wie heiß ist es aber hier!
  Wie heiß es hier ist!