Sentence ending: 'I hate cheese'! vs. He said, 'I hate cheese!'

Which of the following two examples is correct:

Example A.:

He said, ‘‘I hate cheese’’!

or

He said, ‘‘I hate cheese!’’

Example B.:

He said he really hated cheese (especially Limberger cheese)!

or

He said he really hated
cheese (especially
Limberger cheese!)

Thank you very much for your assistance.

Respectfully,

Kenneth H. Shreve, Sr.
kshreve1@tampabay.rr.com

Hi Kenneth, and welcome to the site.

I’d choose these:

  • He said, ‘‘I hate cheese!’’

  • He said he really hated cheese (especially Limburger cheese)!

That said, you really don’t need to use parentheses in your second sentence. A comma would be plenty. A dash might be even more appropriate since you seem to want to emphasize the end of the sentence.

If you placed the exclamation mark inside the parentheses, then technically you would have to add a period after the parentheses:

  • He said he really hated cheese (especially Limburger cheese!).
    Unfortunately, that only tends to look odd and messy, and it may well simply irritate the reader.

If you often have questions about punctuation, you may find this site very helpful:
grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/marks/marks.htm
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Dear Yankee,

Thank you so much for your response!

I really appriciate your input!

I will check out the other site that you referenced, as well.

Have a great life, my friend!

Respectfully,

Kenneth H. Shreve, Sr.
kshreve1@tampabay.rr.com