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What is an Interjection?

Hi! That's an interjection. :-)

Interjection is a big name for a little word. Interjections are short exclamations like Oh!, Um or Ah! They have no real grammatical value but we use them quite often, usually more in speaking than in writing.

When interjections are inserted into a sentence, they have no grammatical connection to the sentence.

An interjection is sometimes followed by an exclamation mark (!) when written.

Here is a list of interjections with implied meanings and example sentences.

 

Interjections List

Here is a list of interjections with meanings and example sentences. This list does not include all interjections but it does show the more common ones.

Interjection

Meaning

Example

Ah

Expressing pleasure

Ah, that feels good.

Expressing realization

Ah, now I understand.

Expressing resignation

Ah well, it can't be helped.

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, Hello

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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