Interjections are small words that bear no grammatical connection with the sentences in which they are used. They express the emotions or sentiments of the speaker or convey hesitation or protest. They are usually followed by an exclamation mark.
Since many interjections are mainly written forms of actual sounds that were produced by humans, they are hardly used in academic or scholarly writing, unless they are a part of a direct quote or otherwise.
Ah! Now that’s what I call a good shot! Bravo!
Both Ah and Bravo are interjections used to show the speaker’s admiration in the sentence. There are many different uses for various interjections; the following is a list of the common interjections you may hear around you in daily life -
Exclamation of fear
Aah! The monster’s got me!
Realization or acceptance
Ahh, now I see what you mean.
Something sweet or cute
Aww! Just look at that kitten.
Acknowledge something as right
Bingo! That’s exactly what we were looking for!
So that was all she said, eh?
Eww! That movie was so gory.
To indicate displeasure
Hmph. I could do that for half the amount he charged.
I see/ I think
Oh, it’s been around a week since I saw her.
Making a mistake
Oops! Sorry I didn’t see those skates there.
Exclamation of pain
Ouch, that hurt! Stop pinching me!
An indication for silence
Shh! The show is about to start.
Uh oh! The teacher’s caught him.
Amazement and/or relief
Whew! I can’t believe we actually finished it all.
Expressing surprise or admiration
Wow! That’s really great news!
I can’t believe you’re actually coming here! Yaay!
Variant of ‘yes’
Yeah, I’d love some orange juice.
For fear or concern (not serious)
Yikes, my mother’s home!
Exclamation of celebration
Yippee! We won, lets head to the bar.
Some interjections are used to stall for time or indicate that the speaker is thinking of something. These interjections are also used when someone doesn’t know what to say. The following is a list of these sounds or words; they are also called Hesitation Devices -
Indicates a pause/ need for more time
Wait I know this… uh… is it Ruskin Bond?
Thinking/Hesitating about something
Hmm, I’m not sure this colour is the best for this room.
Not knowing what to say
I don’t think…er… wait… let me call my boss.
Pausing or being skeptical
Not that I don’t believe you but, um, you say it’s a ghost?
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