Interjections

Interjections

InterjectionsOOPS!! What are interjections?

Interjections are  words added to a sentence to convey an emotion or a sentiment such as surprise, disgust, joy, excitement,  enthusiasm, anger or happiness. They’re not grammatically related to any other part of the sentence. We usually follow an interjection with an exclamation mark. Interjections are uncommon in formal academic prose, except in direct quotations.

 

Interjection

Meaning
Example
ah
expressing pleasure
“Ah, that feels good.”
expressing realization
“Ah, now I understand.”
expressing resignation
“Ah well, it can’t be heped.”
expressing surprise
“Ah! I’ve won!”
alas
expressing grief or pity
“Alas, she’s dead now.”
dear
expressing pity
“Oh dear! Does it hurt?”
expressing surprise
“Dear me! That’s a surprise!”
eh
asking for repetition
“It’s hot today.” “Eh?” “I said it’s hot today.”
expressing enquiry
“What do you think of that, eh?”
expressing surprise
“Eh! Really?”
inviting agreement
“Let’s go, eh?”
er
expressing hesitation
“Lima is the capital of…er…Peru.”
hello, hullo
expressing greeting
“Hello John. How are you today?”
expressing surprise
“Hello! My car’s gone!”
hey
calling attention
“Hey! look at that!”
expressing surprise, joy etc
“Hey! What a good idea!”
hi
expressing greeting
“Hi! What’s new?”
hmm
expressing hesitation, doubt or disagreement
“Hmm. I’m not so sure.”
oh, o
expressing surprise
“Oh! You’re here!”
expressing pain
“Oh! I’ve got a toothache.”
expressing pleading
“Oh, please say ‘yes’!”
ouch
expressing pain
“Ouch! That hurts!”
uh
expressing hesitation
“Uh…I don’t know the answer to that.”
uh-huh
expressing agreement
“Shall we go?” “Uh-huh.”
um, umm
expressing hesitation
“85 divided by 5 is…um…17.”
well
expressing surprise
“Well I never!”
introducing a remark
“Well, what did he say?”
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