What are Interjections?

what is an interjection

Exclamation Station: Unmask The Power of Interjections

Language possesses a rare ability to stand in for the unexplainable in human nature, but sometimes words, by themselves, are unable to encompass the entire scope of emotional subtleties. It is the role of interjections–those short and strong bursts of speech which gets us into a wonderful feeling and sparks us up by its energy–nothing can do this task better. Have you ever been in awe, clapping your hands in jubilation, or sighing in disappointment? You have probably used this wee word, interjection, more than once. 

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What is an Interjection?

An interjection is a is a word that expresses/shows a sudden/profound emotion, reaction, or exclamation. In distinction to other figures of speech, interjections do not conform to grammatically structure of the sentence. They are like little on their own, they serve as the feelings that come out of the communication. 

A World of Exclamations: Interjection Examples 

Interjections come in all shapes and sizes, each conveying a unique emotional flavour:

  • Surprise: Oh!, Wow!, Huh? 
  • Excitement: Yay!, Hooray!, Awesome!
  • Joy: Hurray!, Delightful!
  • okaySadness: Oh my gosh! I couldn't believe it!, Oh god! I would never wish for such a thing to happen again!, Dang, I dreamed of this for so long didn't want to give up on my dreams just like that. 
  • Anger: Oh no!, My God!, Curses, I'm so stupid!
  • Disgust: Ugh!, Yuck!Gross!
  • Interjections in Action: Tips on Making Your Prose Sparkle 

Interjections may be small, but they play a significant role in our communication:

  • Emotional Impact: They startle intuitively and instantly a strong reaction, this adding life and interesting connotation to your prose. 
  • Emphasis: Intermittent use of interjections can be used to emphasize certain words or ideas. 
  • Informality: Interjections bring in a conversational feel, giving the impression that what you have to say is pivotal. 
  • Examples:
    Oh no! I forgot my keys. (Surprise) 
    Wow! That view is incredible. (Excitement) 
    Ugh! I stepped in gum. (Disgust)
  • Beyond the Basics: Interjections can add personality to the text and show that the writer relates to the subject matter, that speaks directly to the audience. 
  • Though interjections are helpful in adding a "flavor" to your message, if you overuse them, they can become a distraction. Here are some tips for using them effectively:
  • Moderation is Key: While using exclamation marks sparingly will enhance their impact, yet too much of them can show nervousness in expressing emotions. 
  • Match the Emotion: It is not too hard to say: pick those words which you can phrase correctly to express the true motive for which you need to state. 
  • Formal vs. Informal: Interjections are the informal writing and conversations for the most. 
  • Interjections vs. Other Exclamations

It is important to distinguish interjections from similar grammatical elements:

  • Exclamations: The sentences can end up with the exclamation or full stop that also can be an examination. Nevertheless, these sentences retain a full sentence structure as opposed to exclamation marks which can be used with grammatically incomplete sentences. (e. g. Therefore, (exclaimed Tina), 'I can't believe it!')
  • Sounds: Words that iconize sounds (e. g, "boom" or "crash") are hardly interjections somehow but could create a similar effect (like "Bear in mind that not all the words that imitate sounds by their meaning but the similar effect of it remain). 

Unlocking Your Interjective Potential

Interjections represent the most effective rhetorical device which can be used to portray your emotion and animation in your piece of writing. Nonetheless, there are a lot of complexities in language that can be difficult to grasp. This is where we come in.  98thPercentile is here to cover that gap. With classes developed by skilful tutors, you will learn everything from basic grammar rules to the nuances of interjections and this will enable you to use interjections appropriately. You will be able to distinguish different types of interjections, know when to use them and learn to make your writing more exciting and influential. Sign up for a 98thPercentile class today and become a master of interjections!


Q1: Can an interjection by itself be a complete sentence?

Ans: No, interjections are autonomous words that manifest without having the core structure of subject-verb. 

Q2: Should we use interjections intermittently in formal writing?

Ans: Not in most cases, because formal writing style is more professional.  

Q3: What another thing replaces "excited"?

Ans: You could use interjections such as "thrilled," "euphoria", "expectantly”, and "pumped".

Q4: What is the trick to not using interjections so much?

Ans: Commuting them to few to avoid the interjection.

Q5: How will your interjections be helped at 98thPercentile?

Ans: The classes we will be held to show you how to achieve the desired emotional effect through your writing!

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