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A guide to interjections

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English is a beautiful language with grammar at its core. Today, we will learn about interjections. When you meet a friend after a long time you tend to share many things with them. During your conversation, you may use expressions such as, “Wow! That’s a great news” or “Alas!” Do you know what are these expressions called? They are called interjections. The words used to express strong feelings or sudden emotions.

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You can find these interjections at the start of a sentence which is generally followed by a comma or an exclamation mark. A comma is used for a mild interjection while an exclamation mark is used to show a sudden display of surprise, or emotion. Sometimes, introductory expressions like yes, no and indeed are also considered as interjections.

Example:

1. Indeed, this is not the first time that the trains are late.
2. Yes, I did it purposefully.
3. No, please don’t do that.

Don’t forgot that some interjections such as phew, ah, mmmm are sounds. Following is the list of interjection with its meaning and example.

 

Interjection Meaning example
ah expressing pleasure Ah, that feels good.
dear expressing pity Oh dear! Did it hurt?
eh asking for repetition It's hot today. / Eh? / I said it's hot today.
hello expressing greeting Hello Mona. How are you today?
hey calling attention Hey! Look at that!
hi expressing greeting Hi! What's up?
hmm expressing hesitation, doubt or disagreement Hmm. I am not so sure.
oh expressing surprise Oh wow! You are finally here!
uh expressing hesitation Uh...I don't know what to say.
uh-huh expressing agreement Shall we go? / Uh-huh.
um, umm expressing hesitation That means you are coming. Umm...


Interjections are an excellent way of expressing an emotion, but be careful and avoid overusing them. Learn the appropriate use of interjections by joining an online English class.

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