What are “What and Wow” Interjections? Grammar Review
Interjections are always fun to study! First, what are interjections? Interjections are words or phrases that express emotion, joy, happiness, shock and more! Interjections often stand alone. This means they are not always part of a sentence. Sometimes we add other words like intensifying adverbs to an interjection to add emphasis. Because “What” is also a question word, it is often used to confirm a statement. “Wow” can be used in a positive or negative manner. Proper intonation is very important when using interjections. Just one word in English can be defined many ways with the proper intonation! Below are examples of “What and Wow.” Ask your teacher for a further explanation!
“What” Interjection Examples
Used to show surprise or disbelief.
What! Can you believe what she just said to me? (Surprise)
What! You just quit your job? (Disbelief)
What! It’s raining again? (Surprise)
What! You don’t love me anymore? (Disbelief)
We often put other words before or after the word “what”. Here are a few examples. Say what!, So what!, You what!, What the!
“Wow” Interjection Examples
Used to show you are surprised or impressed.
Wow! You don’t have to work today, lets go to the beach! (Surprised)
Wow! I can’t believe how well you paint! (Impressed)
Wow! That football game was more exciting than I expected! (Surprised)
Wow! My team just won their fifth game in a row! (Impressed)