How to Use Interjections in a Sentence


There are eight parts of speech and interjections are one of them. The others are nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions and conjunctions. An interjection is a word that expresses emotions and has no connection or relationship grammatically to the rest of the sentence. In other words, you can either use it in a sentence or make it a sentence by itself.

  • Express your feelings in your writing by using an interjection. When you use interjections to express strong feelings, it should stand-alone and an exclamation point follows. Examples are "Oh, no!" or "Ouch!"

  • Determine the strength of the feeling you are trying to convey. If you are only trying to express mild feelings, you can use the interjection in a sentence and set it off with a comma. For example, "Hey, are you going too?"

  • Express hesitation by using an interjection. Some interjections such as "er" and "um" are commonly used when people aren't sure what to say or are thinking about what they should say. You will usually find these interjections more in speaking than in writing, but some writers do incorporate them into their work.

  • Working with interjections on the Internet. With the advent of smileys in email, instant messaging and forums, interjections have gone by the wayside on the Internet. Smileys express emotions for you thereby canceling the need for interjections on the Internet.

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