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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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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.

  • 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, 2012 at 12:04
  • @Gorpik: What about comma between and and by heaven? Wrong? Optional? Needed?
    – SF.
    Nov 7, 2012 at 12:17
  • @SF. And doesn't occur in the original speech. Nov 7, 2012 at 12:21
  • @BarrieEngland I was just trying to give an example where that would be written in continuous prose.
    – Gorpik
    Nov 7, 2012 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, 2012 at 12:25

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