An interjection is a word that expresses some kind of emotion. It can be used as filler. Interjections do not have a grammatical function in the sentence and are not related to the other parts of the sentence. If an interjection is omitted, the sentence still makes sense. It can stand alone.
When you are expressing a strong emotion, use an exclamation mark (!). A comma (,) can be used for a weaker emotion.
- Ouch! That hurts.
- Well, I need a break.
- Wow! What a beautiful dress!
Interjections do the following:
1. Express a feeling—wow, gee, oops, darn, geez, oh:
2. Say yes or no—yes, no, nope:
- Oops, I’m sorry. That was my mistake.
- Geez! Do I need to do it again?
- Oh, I didn’t know that.
3. Call attention—yo, hey:
- Yes! I will do it!
- No, I am not going to go there.
- Nope. That’s not what I want.
4. Indicate a pause—well, um, hmm:
- Yo, will you throw the ball back?
- Hey, I just wanted to talk to you about the previous incident.
- Well, what I meant was nothing like that.
- Um, here is our proposal.
- Hmm. You really need to be on a diet.
What should be B’s expression?
A: I got a perfect score on the math exam.
B: (Well. Wow! or Um.)
What should be C’s expression?
C: ! (Nope, Hey, or Geez) My computer just broke.