Interjection - Liven Up Your Speech

VSS 2022

What is Interjection?

Interjections are one of the eight different parts of speech in English grammar. They are short, passionate words used to express strong emotion. Use interjections to quickly communicate your emotions. Since they are more widely used in spoken English, they should be avoided in official writing. 

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They are one-of-a-kind and have a few unique characteristics: interjections have no grammatical function in sentence structure. Normally, they can't be updated or altered in any manner. They don't have to be tied to anything else in the statement. Examples of interjections are yikes, umm, ughh, uhh, and so on.

Types of Interjection

The different types of interjection are helpful to identify the parts of speech that help decide whether an interjection is necessary or not. These types are based on one's emotions or feelings.

Different Kinds of Interjection

Interjection Definition and Examples

Interjection Sentences Examples 

Interjection of Greeting

As the name suggests, these interjections are used when one greets the other.

Example: Hi, What's up, Hello, Hey, etc.

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Interjection Of Surprise

This kind is used when a surprising event occurs and people are surprised.

Examples: Ah, Oh, Wow, What, etc.

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Interjection of Joy

Expression of instant pleasure, joy and a happy occasion.

Example: Good, Excellent, Hurray, Wow, Congratulations, etc

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Interjection of Sorrow

These expressions are used when a sad event has happened or even when terrible news is given.

Example: Well, Hmm, Shoot, Whoops, Yay, Oh No, Oh Well, Ouch, Alas, Help, Oops, Oh Dear, etc.

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Interjection of Approval

They are derived from thought and used as exclamations. These sorts are utilised to express the sensations and emotions that people encounter and 

comprehend during their lives.

Example: Bravo!, Yeppie! etc.

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Interjection of Attention

Commonly used to communicate commands, requests, and wishes. "I want" statements are substituted with Volitive Interjections in the discourse.

Example: Psst, Look, Behold, Shh, Hush, Yoohoo, etc.

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Rules for Interjections

1. An interjection can be used before or after a statement that explains what is happening. 


Wow! That is an incredible scene.

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What? That's something you never told me!

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2. Some interjections are limited to expressing yes or no.


Yes! I'm sure I'll pull it off.

No way are we going.

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3. Some interjections are used to break up a conversation or a thought or to hold someone's attention for a brief period of time.


On the back of your shirt, um there's a stain.

The date went meh.

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4. In casual and informal writing, interjections are acceptable. It's also alright to use them in conversation. 

Interjection Vs Exclamations



Words expressing powerful emotions and feelings that are grammatically unrelated to a sentence are called interjections.

Words, phrases, and clauses that express intense emotions and sensations are known as exclamations.

Single words or brief phrases are used as interjections.

They can be used for longer sentences.

Interjections are written with exclamation marks, commas or question marks.

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Only an exclamation mark is used.

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Sounds, introduction statements, adjectives, and nouns can all be used as interjections.

Exclamations are statements and clauses that have meaning.

Exercise for Interjection Examples Sentences

1. How many among the following are types of interjection?

A. Interjection of Affection

B. Interjection of Sound

C. Interjection of Sorrow

D. All of the above

E. Only C

Ans: C. Interjection of Sorrow is the correct answer.

2. How many major types of interjection are there?

A. 6

B. 7

C. 5

D. 8

Ans: The answer is 6. Option A.

3. Fill in the correct injection

A. ____! Tina, you look great today.

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Ans: Wow

B. _____ . That hurt.

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Ans: Ouch

C. ____ ! I forgot to bring my notes.

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Ans: Oh

D. ____! His mother died.

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Ans: Alas

E. ____! There is a Harry Potter read along today at the library.

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Ans: Yay

Learn By Doing It Yourself

1. Identify the type of interjection.

A. Hello. Are you okay there? Here, Hello is what type of interjection?

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1. The Interjection of Joy

2. The interjection of Approval

3. The interjection of Greeting

4. The interjection of Sorrow

B. Ah! Today was a terrible day. Ah! Here is an …?

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1. The interjection of Sorrow

2. The interjection of Approval

3. The interjection of Greeting

4. The Interjection of Joy

C. Write the correct interjection

1. _________ ! This dish is so delicious.

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A. Splendid

B. Whoops 

C. What

D. Yikes

2. ________! The teacher has arrived. 

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A. Behold

B. Look

C. Phew

D. Oh Dear

3. _________ ! We won the game.

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A. Excellent

B. Ahem

C. Hush

D. Bravo

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is an example of an interjection?

An interjection is a word or phrase that expresses feeling rather than meaning and is grammatically independent of the words around it. Oh, such a lovely home! Oh no! This appears to be a disaster. It's time to call it a night. It isn't, in fact, my dog.

2. What are the benefits of using interjections in sentences?

Interjections emerge in sentences to set tone and emotion as one of the eight major components of speech. Interjections convey how the author or speaker feels, despite the fact that they have no grammatical relationship to the rest of the sentence. When we wish to express a strong emotion like anger, disgust, denial, enthusiasm, frustration, happiness, or grief, we utilise interjections. 

It's a word that is used to express emotion. Interjections are employed in writing to create emotive statements without the usage of additional descriptive words.

3. How can you know if anything is an interjection?

Interjections are frequently distinct from conventional sentences, retaining their syntactic independence defiantly. An interjection isn't used to indicate grammatical categories like tense or number. Most scholars have opted to disregard them since they appear more frequently in spoken English than in written English.

"Hey!" is an example of an interjection, which is a component of speech that expresses the author's emotion or sentiment or draws the audience's attention. These words or phrases can appear before or after a sentence, or they can stand alone.