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What exactly is an interjection?

Updated: Jan 7, 2022


You may be perplexed after reading the title of this blog entry.

The notion may sound familiar to you, but it's conceivable that you've forgotten what it means since you graduated from high school English.

You may be even more perplexed if you are learning English as a non-native speaker.

Fortunately, if you continue reading, you'll realize that 'interjections' are more widespread than we think and play an important part in English literature.

There are also other instances of what interjections are and where they are employed in a sentence.

If your curiosity has been piqued, keep reading on to find out more about this underrated and underused form of speech.


To address the question presented in the first paragraph, an interjection is one of the eight components of speech, alongside nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions. While interjections are unneeded in most sentences and are regarded as the least significant component of speech, they can nevertheless be used effectively to capture the reader's attention, especially when writing a short tale or book.

You need nouns, verbs, and even adjectives to construct a complete sentence that makes grammatical sense, but you don't need an interjection to do so. Interjections, on the other hand, are a vital aspect of speech that must be employed in those circumstances to portray the depths of emotion within a sentence.

Interjections can be used to express emotions or feelings, but they are not as grammatically significant as other parts of speech. If you want to use interjections in academic or professional writing, I would advise against it. Interjections, on the other hand, are ideal for more artistic or creative styles of writing that allow you, as the author, to express your thoughts or feelings to the readers.

When it comes to the placement of interjections within a sentence, you have a couple of options to consider. To indicate a strong feeling, it is usual to use an interjection such as "Wow!" or "Oh no!" followed by an exclamation at the beginning of a sentence.

As an example, "Oh no! I didn't do my assignment last night!"

“Wow! That was a thrilling football game!"

Interjections do not have to be located at the beginning of a sentence; they can also be found in the middle or at the end. Emotions and feelings can be expressed in any portion of a phrase as long as it makes sense within the context of the tale or article.


For instance, "So, it's going to rain today, huh?"

The interjection in this example is "huh?" which occurs after the sentence to convey disappointment or amazement that it's going to rain. When used as an interjection in English, 'huh' indicates uncertainty rather than enthusiasm or amazement, allowing you to use an exclamation point after another interjection (!) such as wow!

Consider the following example of an interjection that can be used in the middle of a statement.

"According to what you just told me, my gosh, that's the most intelligent argument you've ever made," for example.

In this scenario, you don't need an exclamation mark, but you should realize that the author of this quote is expressing his opinion that what the other person just said was incredibly brilliant and insightful.

Last but not least, interjections can function as whole sentences when followed by an exclamation mark (!) or a question mark (?). Even though interjections are only one or two words long, the emotion or sentiment they represent might constitute its phrase. The entire notion has already been communicated in terms of the emotion felt by the narrator or character.

In this unusual circumstance, a full sentence does not require either a subject or an action. "Wow!" is an example of an interjection that can stand alone as a sentence. "Huh?" or "Oh my goodness!"

If you're still not sure what interjections are, let me offer you some more popular instances to assist you out.

Hah, Boo, Ew, Dang, Darn, Gosh, Oh, Oh No, Ouch, Shoot, Uh-Oh, Ugh, Yikes are some examples.

There are hundreds of interjection examples online that you may use to begin employing in your own stories or articles. These are only a few of the most popular ones you'll come across in the English language. There are some examples of interjections used within longer phrases that I can show you to help you understand.


Remember that knowing when and where to utilize these interjections is critical. Interjections should be avoided in academic and formal writing because you are attempting to convey facts and pertinent information rather than emotions and feelings. When it comes to artistic or creative writing, though, you can use as many interjections as you wish.

While interjections are thought to be an unpopular and relatively obscure kind of speech, they are fairly common and very popular when you think about it. Interjections play an important function in the English language and should not be disregarded when messaging back and forth with pals or writing a gripping fictional novel.

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