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Interjections: Definition and Examples


An interjection is a word that expresses some sudden feeling or emotion of mind. Although classified as one of the eight parts of speech, an interjection can not be called a part of speech in the real sense of the term. It does not enter into the construction of the sentence. Rather it remains isolated from the sentence and only indicates the speaker's state of mind, i.e., sadness, pleasure, surprise etc. The speaker's intention in a sentence is intensified and shown clearly by the interjections. Interjections can express joy, surprise, attention, approval, sorrow, caution, despair, contempt, doubt etc. Depending on such expressions, interjections can be called interjections of joy, interjections of surprise, interjections of attention etc. Hurrah, alas, bravo, oh, wow, well, hello, ha ha etc are some of the examples of interjections.

Example Sentences:

Hurrah! We have won the game. (Joy)

Alas! He is dead. (Grief)

Bravo! The play was well performed. (Surprise or Pleasure)

Oh God! Save us. (Fear or frustration)

Wow! You look so beautiful. (Surprise or admiration)

Well, you can go now! (Approval)

Hello! How are you? (Greeting)

Ha ha, it's a big joke! (Laughter)