When writing on MyLot, do you ever pause when you have to decide whether to use an exclamation point or a period?

@TheHorse (109429)
Walnut Creek, California
June 30, 2020 11:57am CST
I was writing an email for my Filipino stereo buddy this morning. He's in his 70s and has has (minor) heart and asthma (spelled it right on the second try) issues. So he's house-bound and a bit depressed. As I was about to write "Thanks for letting me borrow your CD player" (while mine was broken), I paused. I wasn't sure whether to use a period or an exclamation point. There's nothing that bothers someone feeling depressed more than a cheery person. I think I decided to use the exclamation point anyway, as it was the only one in my email, and I did want to convey my sincere thanks. Do you ever pause when writing and spend precious seconds deciding whether to use a period or an exclamation point? Or which word to use?
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@myklj999 (44711)
30 Jun
I've pondered word choices before trying to convey that exact sentiment across that I am feeling
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Jun
I do that pretty often. I also like to avoid using the same word more than once in a given sentence. (that's why I chose "a given.")
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• Cuddalore, India
30 Jun
I go with grammarly's suggestion whenever I gets stuck.
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Jun
Ah, I've never tried grammarly. I do look up the exact meaning of words now and then.
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• Cuddalore, India
30 Jun
@TheHorse Try it once. It can make your writings better. It can be used only through lap or desktop.
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Jun
@Lignitecityabishek96 Do you enter a word and find similar words?
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@thelme55 (46119)
• Germany
30 Jun
I take many pauses especially if I don't know the English word of what I was about to write. Sometimes, my German words pop up on my head and landed on the discussion that I have to be careful.
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Jun
Heh. I would chuckle (and look it up) if that happened.
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@thelme55 (46119)
• Germany
30 Jun
@TheHorse Yes, I did chuckle when I found German words in my post. Gladfully, I edited them.
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Jun
@thelme55 I hope je catch one before you do. Heh. (Can you spot the "typo"?)
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@CarolDM (83091)
• Nashville, Tennessee
30 Jun
I take many pauses and still wonder about what I type. Cute photo BTW.
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Jun
Heh. Yeah, was one of my little cuties about five years ago. She was feeling sad about something that morning.
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@CarolDM (83091)
• Nashville, Tennessee
30 Jun
@TheHorse A beautiful face.
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Jun
@CarolDM Last time I saw her, she was still lovely. She must be about nine now!
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@Mike197602 (14816)
• United Kingdom
30 Jun
If I write a response or comment I do think about what I am writing but not that much. If I write a rare discussion I think quite a bit and have abandoned literally hundreds of discussions because I can't get the words exactly right I worry about words more than punctuation and find the emojis very useful.
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Jun
I never give up on a discussion or comment, but sometimes I feel uninspired and write less than I intended to. I don't use a lot of emojis, but sometimes do a pretend emoji in parentheses (sticking out tongue emoji next to whistling emoji).
@marguicha (152937)
• Chile
1 Jul
I think about that when writing in my native language. Here it is different. So I use exclamation marks and emojics (Or are they called emoticons?)
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Jul
I've heard them referred to as both emoticons and emojis.
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@marguicha (152937)
• Chile
1 Jul
@TheHorse I have had to learn a new language online. Not only I fave expanded my Ennglish, but I have learned a lot about the America way of using letters instead of words. (lol or lmao for instance) It is not in any dictionary
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Jul
@marguicha Yes, those things are "since my time," so I rarely use them, but I do understand them. ROFLMFAO.
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@Shauibee (546)
30 Jun
Yes, I do sometimes.
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Jun
Heh. I'm glad I'm not the only one.
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@Shauibee (546)
30 Jun
@TheHorse hahaha!
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Jun
@Shauibee I have OCD about certain things. I even correct typos in my own old comments when I see them.
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@xstitcher (17971)
• Petaluma, California
30 Jun
Haven't thought about it (or, don't remember thinking about it...
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Jun
Heh. I noticed my tendency when I was writing that email to my friend this morning.
@LindaOHio (40638)
• United States
30 Jun
It's hard to convey exactly how you feel when writing instead of speaking. I always use an exclamation point when I'm feeling strongly about the topic and choose my words carefully. Who is the little cutie? Have a great day!!!
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Jun
Heh. Thanks You too!! The little cutie was one of my favorite kidlets about five years ago. She was with me for several years. In fact, I've known her since she was two pretty little eyes looking at me from a baby's body. She was sad that day for some reason, so I decided to dig up this photo.
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@m_audrey6788 (31807)
• Germany
30 Jun
Yes. There are times that I want to think about the same thing like yours.
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Jun
Sometimes I think myself into a stupor. Other times I just type what comes to mind.
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• Germany
1 Jul
@TheHorse Most of the time I just type what comes to my mind and try expressing it in a friendly way
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Jul
@m_audrey6788 I'm usually friendly. But some people know that I can be sarcastic. Or simply full of beans.
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@Adie04 (6649)
1 Jul
Usually if I write a title, I usually just left it without a punctuation. Only few posts that I might put one.
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Jul
I try to get my punctuation right no matter what.
@Adie04 (6649)
2 Jul
@TheHorse that's good to practice. For academic writing, you could get 100 marks
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Jul
@Adie04 Heh. As you know, I'm working on a book right now.
@JimBo452020 (16652)
• Montrose, Scotland
30 Jun
I ponder what to say or what to use quite often. Usually just end up with one of these!
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Jun
Just a regular ol' comment? Thoughtful but not over-the-top?
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@JimBo452020 (16652)
• Montrose, Scotland
30 Jun
@TheHorse Thank you so much for your most kind words. I could never even imagine myself going over the top with any comment at all. Hooe you have a wonderful , happy, and thoughtful day. I was going to add Blessed Be, but that would really be well over the top. And I do not do that, at all, ever.
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Jun
@JimBo452020 Heh. I don't think I am either.
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@RubyHawk (36983)
• Atlanta, Georgia
3 Jul
I do sometimes if it's something important. But most of the time I just keep writing.
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
3 Jul
Sometimes I think I should cogitate less and write more.
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@RubyHawk (36983)
• Atlanta, Georgia
4 Jul
i don't always follow the rules, I just write on with all my mistakes.
@just4him (210647)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
1 Jul
Not on e-mails. Only when I'm writing. Okay, I just edited what I was saying. Only so it would make sense.
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Jul
Heh. I sometime am one key off to the left, right, top or bottom. I'll edit that. It's a disaster when that happens on guitar.
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@just4him (210647)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Jul
@TheHorse I'll edit that too. I hate it when my fingers are misplaced. I'm sure it is a disaster on the guitar.
@psanasangma (3810)
• India
2 Jul
Being not a native speaker .. many times I stopped and read again and again
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Jul
That probably helps. I am a bad typist. So I read over even short comments like this.
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
I don't use exclamation points too often. I use them here - usually, in pairs, to try to denote that I'm joking. I edit my discussions carefully and try to write 'well'. It's just something I do.
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Jul
Same here. Sometimes I write posts that are "full of beans." But that's just because I love Mark Twain.
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@wolfgirl569 (30825)
• Marion, Ohio
30 Jun
More often it is what word I want to use that makes me think.
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Jun
I do that too. I don't like repeating words in a sentence if I can avoid it. And some words are more "nuanced" than others.
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@amadeo (111307)
• United States
30 Jun
NO
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@TheHorse (109429)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Jun
You just "go for it"?
@DianneN (177048)
• United States
4 Jul
I'm very upbeat and happy, and know I use exclamation points way too often where a period would do. I do try to search for the right words to use at times.
• South Africa
2 Jul
As far as I can remember (it's been a while since I was in school!) an exclamation point is used to show strong emotion or emphasis. In my mind, there is a great difference between - 'great to read another post by 'The Horse'.and 'great to read another post by The Horse! I always count it as a win if I receive an email full of exclamation points! Don't hesitate - just go for it!