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Exclamation marks in the middle of a sentence

How would you punctuate the following phrase with "by heaven"? It was used by a cricket commentator.

  • By heaven that's a good stroke!
  • By heaven! That's a good stroke!
  • By heaven, that's a good stroke!
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marked as duplicate by Matt E. Эллен, MετάEd, Zairja, coleopterist, Mark Beadles Nov 7 '12 at 18:15

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It would normally only be written as a record of direct speech and not as part of a piece of continuous prose. Either of the two ways you have shown would serve the purpose.

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We are anxiously waiting for our last man to hit and by heaven, that's a good stroke! The answer is good, nevertheless. – Gorpik Nov 7 '12 at 12:04
@Gorpik: What about comma between and and by heaven? Wrong? Optional? Needed? – SF. Nov 7 '12 at 12:17
@SF. And doesn't occur in the original speech. – Barrie England Nov 7 '12 at 12:21
@BarrieEngland I was just trying to give an example where that would be written in continuous prose. – Gorpik Nov 7 '12 at 12:24
@SF I really don't know. I don't like commas after and, but I may very well be wrong on that. – Gorpik Nov 7 '12 at 12:25

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