Interjection- Definition, types, and examples.

Interjection- Definition, types, and examples.
Interjection- Definition, types, and examples.

Interjection Definition

Interjection Definition: Interjections are words that express deep or sudden emotions or feelings. Typically, an exclamation point (!) comes after an interjection.

Examples:

1) Wow! The weather is so pleasant today.

2) Oh no! I missed my school bus.

3) Hurray! I topped my exams.

Interjections may express the below emotions

  1. Joy
  2. Grief
  3. Surprise
  4. Approval
  5. Fear
  6. Disgust
  7. Mistake
  8. Pain
  9. Silence
  10. Relief
  11. Admiration
  12. Celebration
  13. Anger
  14. Encouragement
  15. Rejection

Joy

Words like “Hurray!”, “Ah!”, “Hurrah!”, “Ha!”, etc

Examples:

  1. Hurray! I did it.
  2. Yay! Today is a holiday.
  3. Ah! My daughter is back home.
  4. Aha! It’s raining.
  5. Ha! The work is done.

Grief

Words like “Oh!”, “Sorry!”, “Alas!”, etc

Examples:

  1. Sorry! I cannot attend the meeting today.
  2. Alas! He failed the entrance exam.
  3. Oh! I missed the train

Surprise

Words like “What!”, “Good heavens!”, “Good God”, etc

Examples:

  1. What! Did he fail?
  2. Good heavens! He was saved from the cyclone.
  3. Good, God! He escaped the accident.

Approval

Words like “O.K.!”, “Bravo!”, “Splendid!”, etc

Examples:

  1. O.K.! You can proceed further.
  2. Bravo! You won the race despite being hurt.
  3. Splendid! You topped the exam.

Fear

Words like “Aah!”

Example:

Aha! I was scared by the darkness.

Disgust

Words like “Ugh!”, “Eww!”, etc

Examples:

  1. Ugh! There is so much dust in the house.
  2. Eww! The movie was a flop.

Mistake

Words like “oops!”, “sorry!”, etc

Examples:

  1. Oops! She fell down by mistake.
  2. Sorry! I could not attend the function.

Pain

Words like “Ouch!”

Example:

Ouch! The wound hurts.

Silence

Words like “Shh!”

Example:

Shh! The exam is about to start.

Relief

Words like “Whew!”

Example:

Whew! Somehow the project is completed.

Admiration

Words like “Congrats!“, “Wow”, etc are used

Example:

  • Congrats! You finally got American citizenship.
  • Wow! That is great news.

Celebration

Words like “Yippee!“, “Yay”, etc are used

  • Yippee! We are going on a vacation.
  • Yay! It’s my Birthday.

Anger

Words like “Hey!”, and “What!” are used.

Examples:

  1. What! Did you forget to attend the meeting?
  2. Hey! Where were you till now?

Encouragement

Words like “Bravo”, “Well done”, etc are used.

Examples:

  1. Bravo! He won the race.
  2. Well done! You completed the work on time.

Rejection

Words like “Nay!”, “Oh no!”, etc are used.

Examples:

  1. Nay! the Indian football team missed the goal.
  2. Oh no! The train got canceled.

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How to use Interjections

  • A typical interjection consists of merely a sound or noise.

“Aha!”, “Wow!”, “Hurray!”, “oh!”, etc

Examples:

1) Aha! Is Meena not present in the meeting?

2) Oh! You have a lot of toys in the house.

3) Uh! I am very tired after the travel.

  • An interjection can really be a word or be connected to other words.

“Good job!”, “Very good!”, “Well done!”, “Sure”, “Help”, etc

Examples:

  1. Sure! I will be there on time.
  2. Very good! you completed the homework.
  3. Good job! You convinced the client of a bonus.
  4. Help! I am stuck in the lift.
  5. Well done! You completed the project on time.
  • An interjection can potentially consist of multiple words or sounds.

Example:

  • Be Quiet! The principal is in rounds.

Interjections and Punctuation

  • Commas can be used as punctuation after mild interjections. These comprise the following phrases: um, well, uh, er.

Examples:

  1. Um, I don’t remember his name.
  2. Er, your voice is not clear.
  3. Uh, let me take care of the matter.

Exclamation marks or commas are used to denote strong interjections. These include phrases like “duh,” “wow,” and “shoot.”

Example:

  1. Wow! the food was very tasty.

Question marks are used to punctuate several interjections. Words like “huh,” “oh,” “truly,” and “really” are among them.

Examples:

  1. Really? Have you resigned from your job?
  2. Oh? Is he not well?

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