Explanation and Examples of Interjections in English

Explanation and Examples of Interjections in English


Interjections, express meaning or feeling in a word or two words.

Interjections, express meaning or feeling in a word or two words. They do not help the reader understand the relationship between words and phrases in the sentence.

Instead, interjections are words that express easily the emotions of the speaker or the author. They have nothing to do with the grammatical structure in other parts of the sentence. Sometimes, interjections are used in academic or formal writings. They’re offset by an exclamation point. You’ll find interjections at the beginning of sentences, in the middle of sentences, at the end of sentences, and sometimes as standalone sentences on their own.


Beginning of sentences

Usually, interjections are used at the beginning of the sentence. They’re also associated with a punctuation mark designed to convey emotion: the exclamation point.

For example: “ I forgot that there was a grammar quiz today!”


Middle or end of sentences

Interjections don’t have to be at the beginning of a sentence. They can appear in the middle, at the end, or anywhere else where the speaker wants to interject a bit of feeling and emotion.


For example: “So, it’s raining again, huh?”

The interjection is found at the end of this sentence. In this example, an exclamation point wasn’t that necessitated the emotion. Instead, the interjection turned the sentence into a question.


Types of interjections;

There are literally hundreds of interjections. They are designed to express strong emotions. These are; love, hate, surprise, happiness, anger, enthusiasm, disgust, boredom, confusion, or unhappiness. However, this isn’t always true. Some interjections can express a mild emotion, such as “Excuse me.”

A sample list of interjections includes words such as: boo,crud,dang,eew,gosh,goodness, etc.

Sometimes, interjections aren’t recommended in formal or academic writing. Because of their emotive function, there’s virtually no place for them in an academic writing designed to convey facts. By definition, facts should be devoid of emotion or opinion in the academic or formal writing.

Here is List of Interjections and Meanings;

Aah: Exclamation of fear


Ahh: Realization or acceptance

Aww: Something sweet or cute

Uh: Indicates a pause / need for more time

Hmm: Thinking / Hesitating about something

Er: Not knowing what to say

Um: Pausing or being skeptical

Eww: Something disgusting

Hmph: To indicate displeasure

Oh: I see / I think

Oops: Making a mistake

Ouch: Exclamation of pain

Shh: An indication for silence

Bingo: Acknowledge something as right

Eh: Question something

Uh oh: Showing dismay

Whew: Amazement and/or relief

Wow: Expressing surprise or admiration

Yay/Yaay: Congratulatory exclamation

Yeah: Variant of yes

Yikes: For fear or concern (not serious)

Yippee: Exclamation of celebration