What are interjections? They are, ‘words or short phrases used in exclamations’.
They are words that show emotion either being positive or negative. These words don’t carry a lot of linguistic importance and are not grammatically related to the sentence that they are in, but are still widely used in the English language. Popular interjections include: aw! wow! alas! ouch! ugh! phew! gee! hooray! Shoot! Etc. These interjections don’t need to carry the exclamation marks as shown, this is completely subjective to the person using them. Normally, they will take either an exclamation mark, comma or question mark.
Examples with an exclamation mark:
- Alas! You finally managed to get the girl of your dreams.
- Phew! I’m so lucky, I could have fallen.
- Boo! We don’t support you!
Examples with an interrogation mark/question mark:
- Huh? what do you mean exactly?
- Eh? I have no idea.
- Aah? Excuse me, did you bump into me?
Examples with a comma:
- Duh, I told you all along. You’ll believe anything I say.
- Gee, I guess we didn’t see that coming.
- Ouch, that really hurt.