In this post, I give you some English interjections with examples in sentences. Using these words in English is quite easy because there aren’t rules on how to use them. They are used to express emotion and are often used based on intuition.
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The best way to learn where and how they are used is to immerse yourself in a lot of content that uses everyday language.
Some of my favourite books that you can use to achieve that are Olly Richard from StoryLearning‘s 101 conversations in English.
In it, there are really cool conversations written in everyday English to help you get used to how English is used in real life.
You can get these books either on Kindle, in paperback or an audiobook that you can buy to listen to while you are reading. That way you can also hear how people talk in real life.
However, understanding what the different English interjections mean can still be hard, because in most cases they are merely sounds. This is why I will try to give you an overview of how they are used.
Before I go on, it might be good for me to first give a definition of interjections:
Interjections are words or sounds in some cases that we use to express our feelings.
As I mentioned using interjections in English is not based on some grammar rules. You have to learn through experience how people use them. Something important to note about their use is that they are generally only used in informal situations. When they are written out, people often use different spellings as there are no rules regarding their spelling.
Interjections With Examples
Here are a few interjections with examples of how they are used:
Showing You Are Happy
The following interjections are used to express joy.
- Yippee! I am very excited for the weekend.
- Bingo! I figured out the answer of the sum.
- Hooray! We won the competition.
- Eureka! We solved the mystery.
- Yeah! That is the best idea.
- Yay! We are going to the movies.
- Wow! You look dashing.
- Yahoo! That is the best news I have heard all day.
Interjections For When You Are Surprised
- What? You ate the whole cake?
- Ah! That is a wonderful idea.
- Oh! It is wonderful that you will be coming for a visit.
- Hey! What have you done?
- Whoa! That is a huge car.
Expressing Pain/Grief With Interjections
- Alas! Life is so short.
- Ouch! I just bumped my head.
- Ah! The plan did not succeed.
- Oh! That is such a sad story.
- Listen! You have to start paying attention in class.
- Look! There is a lion.
- Hush! The teacher is talking.
- Behold! The most beautiful person I know.
- Ahem. Please listen to me.
- Yoo-Hoo! Please look here.
- Boo! (Used to indicate disapproval.)
- Eww! That tastes very bad.
Interjections to Express Approval
- Bravo! I am so proud of your achievement.
- Well done! You solved the mystery.
- Brilliant! That is a masterpiece that you created.
- Splendid! We will see you tomorrow.
- Yummy! This food is very tasty.
Conclusion: Interjections With Examples in Sentences
Interjections isn’t a hard thing to understand. It is more a matter of learning when to use them.
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