It’s not so difficult to understand how to make proper use of interjections.
Look! Grammar is so important to know because it is something that makes it possible for everyone to talk about not only the English language but all the language.
And it’s equally important to know how to make proper use of interjections because they highlight emotions or feelings.
What are interjections?
Interjections are words that can be used to express a strong sense of emotion or feeling. An interjection is generally just a single word – and unlike any other part of English grammar, it doesn’t affect the grammar of a sentence in any way.
You can use interjections at any time in a sentence to add an extra touch of meaning as it has nothing to do with the tense of the sentence, who or what the subject is or what verbs is being used..
Many words can act as an interjection, from words like “yes” or “no”, to more emotive words such as “ouch”, “hurray”, or “hey”.
Different interjections are used to express different emotions or feelings – from anger, happiness, surprise, to enthusiasm, boredom and more.
“Ouch! It really hurt.”
“Wow, that’s so pretty!”
“Yuck, that tastes really bad.”
Interjections aren’t only for strong or extreme emotions though. They can also be used more mild or polite expressions of emotion or feelings.
“Oh no, she’s back again.”
“Excuse me, may he leave?”
“Oh, she’s not feeling very well.”
You may have noticed that in the examples we’ve looked at so far, interjections have been placed at the start of the sentence. This is one of the most common ways to use interjections, as by putting them right at the start, you can add an emotional impact to your sentence quite easily.
When the interjection is used right at the start, you might also want to add an exclamation mark at the end of the sentence, to add extra emphasis, for example:
“Hurray – he’s finally here!”
But keep in mind that interjections don’t always have to be at the start of the sentence. While they don’t have any grammatical influence, you can use them in different parts of the sentence, to express or indicate different kinds of feelings and tones.
When an interjection is used at the end of a sentence it can turn it into a question, or a rhetorical question that emphasises different kinds of feelings or emotions.
“This is a really interesting movie, hmm?”
When we use interjection at the end of the sentence we make it into a question, which might invite someone else to share their opinion with you, or ask them if they agree with you.
“Hmm! This is a really interesting movie!”
When you Place the interjection at the start, instead you make it more of a statement, which is less likely to invite someone else to share their thoughts with you.
You may also use an interjection in the middle of a sentence, for a different kind of expression of feeling or emotion.
“This is a really, hmm, interesting film.”
In this sentence, using the interjection in the middle of the sentence helps to convey a feeling of uncertainty or doubt instead.
We can consider that now you have understood how to make proper use of interjections.
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