Billiebug Interjections

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What are Interjections?

Interjections are words used to express strong emotion or excitement! An interjection can be one word or a combination of words. Often we use an interjection in place of a sentence.

It is not uncommon for one word to share a generous thought or two. It is important that the speaker and those listening understand the English language at an advanced level. Interjections can be regarded as metaphors. You must interpret the true meaning of an interjection.

Often, an interjection is used at the beginning of a sentence followed by a statement of some kind. Interjections are a fun part of English. Below are a few examples. Just about any word in English can be used as an interjection! Ask your teacher for common words used as interjections.

Interjection Examples

Oh dear! It’s snowing again!

Congratulations! You have just won the bet!

I stubbed my toe again! Dang it!

Fiddlesticks! I can’t seem to make this thing work!

Hot dog! We are going to the beach this weekend!

Take a look at their new car! Wow!

Dear me! I have over-baked the pizza again!

No! I can’t believe they have just divorced!

My team just won the championship! Yes!

Yahoo! We are going to Disneyland!

Hey! How are you?

They have just bought another car! Really!

Well! I will make a decision tomorrow!

Nice! You have created another Picasso!

Look at the size of that dog! Holy cow!

Way to go! You just broke another dish!

That’s awesome! She has just graduated University!

Are “Hello” Interjections Formal English?

Interjections can be formal and informal! What is an interjection? An interjection is a word, phrase or clause that shares a persons feelings or emotions! That’s just the start! Interjections are used everyday in formal and informal English. Interjections sometimes have a clear definition or no definition.

Any word in the English language can be used as an interjection. While interjections are considered as one of the eight, nine or ten essential parts of English, they are not essential at all! Interjections can be used to compliment a fact or thought!

They are also used alone without further explanation. Remember, a complete sentence in English must contain at least one verb! Below are examples! Ask your teacher to explain this subject further!

“Greeting” Interjection Examples

These are simple ways to say “Hello” with “Interjections”

Hello! How are you today? (Formal)

Hi! How are you today? (Informal)

Good morning! How are you? (Formal)

Morning! How are you? (Informal)

Good afternoon! (Formal)

Afternoon! (Informal)

Good evening! (Formal)

Evening! (Informal)

Slang/Informal Greeting Interjections!

Hey! How’s it goin? (Very Informal or Slang)

Hey there! What’s up? (Very Informal or slang)

Hey man! Long time no see! (Very Informal to a friend or acquaintance)

The above examples are all about saying hello. They are all interjections! Remember that any word can be used as an interjection. The examples are quite simple.     I used “Hello” to demonstrate how simple English can be in very easy to understand terms.  Ask your teacher for more examples.

What are “Ouch and Bravo” Interjections? Grammar Review

Just about any word in English can be used as an interjection. Interjections are used to show emotion or feelings! “Ouch” is used to express sudden pain. This can be physical or emotional.

“Bravo” is used to praise or congratulate someone. Remember that all sentences must have at least one verb. Interjections stand alone as one word or phrase. Most interjections are placed at the beginning of a statement followed be a comma or exclamation point.

“Ouch and Bravo” are often placed at the end of a statement to provide more emphasis. Below are examples. Ask your teacher to explain this subject further.

“Ouch” Interjection Examples

“Ouch” is used to refer to a “Sudden physical pain or emotional statement”.

Ouch! My shoulder hurts from too much exercise! (Physical)

Ouch! Your statement hurt my feelings! (Emotional)

Ouch! My knee hurts after falling! (Physical)

Ouch! You shouldn’t have said that to me! (Emotional)

You are standing on my foot! Ouch! (Physical)

That new suit took a big bite out of my wallet! Ouch! (Emotional)

“Bravo” Interjection Examples

“Bravo” is used to “Praise or congratulate someone”. It is also used in a sarcastic manner when someone does something less than intelligent.

Bravo! Your performance was outstanding tonight! (Praise)

Bravo! You finished your project today! (Congratulate)

You just fell off your bike again! Bravo! (Sarcastic)

Bravo! Your presentation at the meeting was outstanding! (Praise)

Bravo! You have graduated with honors! (Congratulate)

You just spilled milk all over the table! Bravo! (Sarcastic)