I learnt about the 4 types of sentences: declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, imperative. I remember that declarative, interrogative and exclamatory can be either positive or negative. But I don't have an idea about exclamatory sentences if they can be also negative or not. Can exclamatory sentences be also negative?


2 Answers 2


Sometimes exclamations can be made by using interrogative word order and there are two forms of these--positive question or negative question exclamations--both indicating a positive assertion.

Examples of using the positive question form of exclamations:

Have I got news for you!

Was the dessert delicious!

Examples of using the negative question form of exclamations:

Isn’t it a warm day!

Wouldn't it be lovely!

Aren’t they kind!

Hasn’t she grown!

A sidenote:

Accoring to this site, British speakers often use negative question forms in exclamations whereas Americans often use non-negative question forms in exclamations:

Boy, did I make a mistake! (US)

Boy, didn’t I make a mistake! (GB)


All of these 4 types of sentences (declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, imperative) can be either positive or negative.

Examples for negative exclamatory sentences are as the follow:

  • "I can't find the butter!" (credit: @stangdon and this site)
  • "I do not go there!"

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .