What is Interjection? (Meaning and Examples)

What is Interjection? (Meaning and Examples)

Welcome dear reader, do you know that words are building block? (See Morphemes) We classify words that constitute building blocks into discrete classes we refer to as Parts of Speech. Each of these word classes has specific features and descriptions. But we want to focus on What is Interjection? (Meaning and Examples).

Alexis Hall, in his Waiting for the Flood, writes: “I never interrupt people when they’re speaking because I know only too well how annoying it is. But with my every brattish interjection, the dimples deepened at the corner of his lips. And I was half-drunk on his smiling and the power of saying things that made him smile.”

What is an Interjection? (Meaning and Examples)

Interjections are more or less independent element. They are words we use to express conflicts or certain strong emotions and feelings such as surprise, anger, shock, joy, sadness, joy, happiness, pain, relief, excitement, etc. We refer to sentences that contain interjections as exclamatory sentences. Aside the strong emotions interjections express, they have no particular meanings neither do they have a grammatical connection with the sentence in which they appear. Interjections also refer to comments someone makes abruptly or something inserted in text especially that which interrupts a discussion.

Examples of Interjection

As pointed out that interjections are not part of a linguistic structure, let us see some examples of interjection. Consider the following sentences…

  • Wow! What an interesting show that was!
  • Alas! The company finally folded up due to poor management.
  • Heavens! He got away!
  • Dear me! Why did I do that?
  • Ouch! It hurts so much

Interjections include a cry of an inarticulate utterance such as phooey! Ugh! Whoa! From language to language such cries differ and every language has its own expression. Note that when you write an interjection, it is always with an exclamation mark. Check out the posts on other Parts of Speech. These include: Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, Pronouns, Prepositions, Conjunctions and Articles.


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