What is an Interjection?
An interjection is a short word or phrase that shows emotion. It often stands alone, unconnected to a sentence.
Typical interjections are:
- Ah! Er. Hey. Ouch! Umm.
- My God! Bloody hell!
And here are some interjections in context:
- Hey! Don't be so lazy!
- Well, let's think about it.
- Ouch! That hurts!
- Lima is the capital of...er...Peru.
Interjections are not normally used in formal writing, but they are common in speech (and therefore informal and fiction writing), where they show emotions such as anger, surprise and interest as well as convey hesitation.
See also this list of interjections with meanings and example sentences showing interjections in context.
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