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In the below excerpt of an essay, what would be the most appropriate alternative word for valued at.

I hurriedly scanned the next question valued at 200 points.

Here, valued at means "estimated" usually used with money. I wish to convey a more positive meaning with a little exclamation attached to it.

I wish to convey the meaning:

I hurriedly scanned the next question valued at 200 points!.

The exclamation mark doesn't convey this emphasis properly since someone may think I meant to emphasize "hurriedly".

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    This question appears to request "proofreading", which is off-topic on ELL. Also, if you ask for a word or phrase ("word-request"), then please keep it to one request per post. Lastly, it seems you can use a thesaurus to find alternatives for "check it out" using "search", "peek", or possibly "check it out". I would consider "worth" instead of "valued for". – Em. Oct 15 '16 at 23:23
  • @VaibhavBajaj It still isn't clear exactly what you are asking. If it is "How do I assign the exclamation point to 200 points and not to hurriedly?" then the answer is: Write two separate sentences, or use the semicolon. Thus: I hurriedly scanned the next question; it was valued at 200 points! – P. E. Dant Oct 16 '16 at 0:36
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If you are talking about questions on an exam, I think the term most generally used is worth:

I hurriedly scanned the next question; it was worth 200 points!

I agree with the comment left earlier; this looks like an ideal place for a semi-colon. Not only is that the best way to punctuate what you are writing, but it also eliminates your concern about the reader mistakenly thinking that the exclamation point is emphasizing hurriedly.

If you want to emphasize how many points this question is worth, you could also use a modifier. The one that comes to my mind is whopping:

I hurriedly scanned the next question; it was worth a whopping 200 points!

That's an informal term used to denote a very large quantity of something.

  • Would this sentence be simple enough?: I hurriedly scanned the next question worth a whopping 200 points. What I meant to do was not use the exclamation point altogether. – Vaibhav Bajaj Oct 16 '16 at 2:24
  • I still think it reads better with a semi-colon. Or, if you don't like that, you could use a dash: I hurriedly scanned the next question – worth a whopping 200 points. – J.R. Oct 16 '16 at 2:26
  • You should also not accept my answer right away. There may be other, better answers coming. See not so fast on meta. – J.R. Oct 16 '16 at 2:27
  • This was the first answer did not make use of the exclamation so I got excited – Vaibhav Bajaj Oct 16 '16 at 2:29
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    @VaibhavBajaj It is very gratifying to everyone who answers questions here to see you say that you got excited about receiving a good answer. It's wonderful to know that you care about learning as much as we care about helping you learn. – P. E. Dant Oct 16 '16 at 3:13

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