Grammar Basics: Interjections

In this article, we help you learn and revise the basics of interjections. These would go a long way in helping you understand the ways to identify and use interjections. Use this article as a revision tool in your spare time.
An interjection is one or more words or a phrase which comes at the beginning of a sentence and generally expresses emotions. Interjections such as short exclamations - Oh!, Um or Ah!  have no real grammatical value but we use them quite often, usually more in speaking than in writing.
When interjections are inserted into a sentence, they have no grammatical connection to the sentence.
An interjection is sometimes followed by an exclamation mark (!) when written.
Example: Alas! She is no more.
Below is the list of interjections with their meaning and uses:
InterjectionMeaningUse
AahExclamation of fearAah! The monster’s got me!
AhhRealization or acceptanceAhh, now I see what you mean.
AwwSomething sweet or cuteAww! Just look at that kitten.
BingoAcknowledge something as rightBingo! That’s exactly what we were looking for!
EhQuestion somethingSo that was all she said, eh?
EwwSomething disgustingEww! That movie was so gory.
HmphTo indicate displeasureHmph. I could do that for half the amount he charged.
OhI see/ I thinkOh, it’s been around a week since I saw her.
OopsMaking a mistakeOops! Sorry I didn’t see those skates there.
OuchExclamation of painOuch, that hurt! Stop pinching me!
ShhAn indication for silenceShh! The show is about to start.
Uh ohShowing dismayUh oh! The teacher’s caught him.
WhewAmazement and/or reliefWhew! I can’t believe we actually finished it all.
WowExpressing surprise or admirationWow! That’s really great news!
Yay/YaayCongratulatory exclamationI can’t believe you’re actually coming here! Yaay!
YeahVariant of ‘yes’Yeah, I’d love some orange juice.
YikesFor fear or concern (not serious)Yikes, my mother’s home!
Yippee Exclamation of celebrationYippee! We won, let’s head to the bar.
Some interjections are used to stall for time or indicate that the speaker is thinking of something. General use of interjection is in certain situations when someone doesn't know what to say.
The following is a list of these sounds or words; they are also called ‘Hesitation Devices’
InterjectionMeaningUse
UhIndicates a pause/ need for more timeWait I know this... uh... is it Ruskin Bond?
HmmThinking/Hesitating about somethingHmm, I’m not sure this color is the best for this room.
ErNot knowing what to sayI don’t think...er... wait... let me call my boss.
UmPausing or being skepticalNot that I don’t believe you but, um, you say it’s a ghost?
Interjections: Key Learning
  • Though, interjections are not used much, still they have importance in sentence formation while expressing some emotions.
  • The given article will help you to make proper usage wherever required. So, do take the test and watch the video.