In grammar, an interjection or exclamation is a lexical category used to express an isolated emotion or sentiment on the part of the speaker (although most interjections have clear definitions). Filled pauses such as uh, er, um are also considered interjections. Interjections are typically placed at the beginning of a sentence.
An interjection is sometimes expressed as a single word or non-sentence phrase, followed by a punctuation mark. The isolated usage of an interjection does not represent a complete sentence in conventional English writing. Thus, in formal writing, the interjection will be incorporated into a larger sentence clause.
An interjection is a word added to a sentence to convey emotion. It is not grammatically related to any other part of the sentence.You usually follow an interjection with an exclamation mark. Interjections are uncommon in formal academic prose, except in direct quotations.
The highlighted words in the following sentences are interjections:
- Ouch, that hurt!
- Oh no, I forgot that the exam was today.
- Hey! Put that down!
- I heard one guy say to another guy, „He has a new car, eh?“
- I don’t know about you but, good lord, I think taxes are too high!
Written by Heather MacFadyen -> The Writing Centre University of Ottawa