What are “Oh Dear and I Never” Interjections? Grammar Review
Interjections are always fun! What are interjections? Interjections are words and phrases used to express excitement, joy, feelings, surprise and more! One very important element to interjections is intonation! What is “Intonation?”; It is the “rise and fall” of our voice. Students who study English, are often challenged with the use of intonation. Many words and phrases can be used in a positive or negative manner. “Oh dear and I never” are “negative only” interjections! These are almost always used before a statement. Other words may be added to these interjections to compliment or intensify their meaning! Below are a few examples. Ask your teacher to further explain the topic of Interjections!
“Oh Dear” Examples
Used to express disappointment, shock, sympathy and dismay.
Oh dear! It is raining again! (Disappointment)
Oh dear! The accident was terrible! (Shock)
Oh dear! They didn’t survive the accident! (Sympathy)
Oh dear! We are out of dog food again! (Dismay)
The term “Dear me” can replace “Oh dear”. They are fully interchangeable.
“I Never” Examples
Used to express something shocking or scandalous.
I never! Our neighbor crashed his car again! (Shocking)
I never! She has been dating three men! (Scandalous)
I never! The price of gas has risen again! (Shocking)
I never! They stole money from their employer! (Scandalous)
The term “Well, I never!” can be used to emphasize this Interjection!