An interjection is a part of speech that demonstrates the emotion or feeling of the author. These words or phrases can stand alone, or be placed before or after a sentence. Many times, as within the examples of interjections below, you'll notice many interjections are followed by an exclamation point.
Examples of Interjections
Interjections: Showing the Author's Emotion
Here are some examples of interjections and their definitions:
- Ahem - The sound of someone clearing their throat in an attempt to get your attention
- Aah - Used as a call for help or when someone is scared
- Boo - Used to scare someone or to voice disapproval
- Eh - Used when you didn't hear or understand what someone said
- Eww - Conveys dislike or disgust
- Hmm - Can mean you're thinking or hesitating
- Jeez - Could indicate you can't believe something or you're exasperated
- Ooh-la-la - A slightly comical way to refer to something as fancy or special
- Oops - An exclamation people use when they do something by accident
- Phew - Expressing relief or gladness something is over
- Whoa - Can show surprise or amazement
- Yahoo - Expresses joy or happiness
- Yeah - Demonstrates a very strong affirmation or approval
- Yoo-hoo - An expression used to get someone's attention
- Zing - Usually used comically to emphasize a clever statement or comeback
Interjections in a Sentence
Here are some more interjections, this time used in the context of an accompanying sentence:
- Ahh, that feels wonderful.
- Alas! I'm lost in the wilderness.
- Bah! That was a total waste of time.
- Bless you! I couldn't have done it without you.
- It's time for me to go. Cheerio!
- Congrats! You finally got your master's degree.
- Crikey! Do you ever think before you speak?
- Gesundheit! Are you starting to get a cold?
- Good grief! Why are you wearing shorts in the winter?
- Grrr. I'm going to get back at him for that.
- Humph. He probably cheated to make such good grades.
- Oh dear! I don't know what to do about this mess.
- Shoot! I forgot my brother's birthday.
- Well, duh! That was a stupid thing to do!
- Yowza! That is a gorgeous gown.
Voila! More Interjection Examples
Need even more ways to interject? Cool! Here are 60 more interjection examples. If that doesn't satisfy your need to express your emotions, we have an even bigger list of interjections that you can download and print - which is perfect for helping kids learn about interjecting.
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Interject With Exclamation
You can see how most interjections tend to be followed by an exclamation point. In your writing, it's up to you how you'd like to punctuate. Here are six basic punctuation rules you might want to review.
While we use many of the above interjections in our everyday speech, we don't necessarily yell them (as an exclamation mark tends to convey). Depending on the context, you might want to consider italicization over exclamation.