Definition and Types of Interjection

In this article you will learn about general definition of interjection, definition of interjection in major dictionaries, examples of interjection, types of interjection, and at last you will find a quiz on interjection with 10 MCQs to test your knowledge. 

Definition and types of interjection

Definition of Interjection

Interjections are the words or group of words that are used to express and exclaim extreme emotions. These words are always used with an exclamation mark. Interjections do not have any grammatical function in a sentence. The words that are commonly used as Interjections are as follows:

Hurrah! , Alas! , Oh no! , Oh my God! , What! , etc.

 

Definition of Interjection in Major Dictionaries

Definitions of interjection vary according to different dictionaries.

Click here for definition of interjection in Merriam Webster dictionary.

Click here for definition of interjection in Oxford Learner’s dictionary.

Types of Interjection

There are various types of interjections to express emotions such as happiness, surprise, sadness, anger and greetings. On such various types of emotions we classified them into different types. Different types of interjection are elaborated below

 

  1. Interjections for Greeting

Such interjections are used in sentences to show the emotions of warmness to the person meeting with.

Examples:

Good morning! It’s great to see you.

Hey! When you came here?

Hello! I am Sadaf.

 

  1. Interjections for Happiness

Such interjections are used in sentences to show happiness or joy on any happy occasion.

Examples:

Yay! We won!

Hurrah! I’ve won!

Wow! What a pleasant weather!

 

  1. Interjections for Attention

Such interjections are used in sentences to draw the attention of someone.

Examples:

Hey! Let’s go on a picnic!

Yo! What is going on?

Look! Jam is so happy.

Listen! I am starving.

 

  1. Interjections for Approval

Such interjections are used in sentences to show the sense of agreement or approval for something.

Examples:

Well done! You got first position.

Brilliant! You arrived here in time.

 

  1. Interjections for Surprise

Such interjections are used in sentences to indicate the sense of surprise about something that has happened.

Examples:

Oh! What a lovely scene!

Ah! It sounds good.

What! She passed away.

 

  1. Interjections for Sorrow

Such interjections are used in sentences to express the emotion of sadness about something unfortunate has happened.

Examples:

Alas! He could not recover from his illness.

Ouch! That hurts.

Oops, I’m sorry. It was hot.

Alas! His friend died.

 

  1. Interjections for Shock

Such interjections are used in sentences to express the shock about something happened.

Examples:

What! What have you done?

 

  1. Interjections for Anger

Such interjections are used in sentences to express the anger about something unfortunate has happened by someone’s mistake or carelessness.

Examples:

Excuse me! I am not a beggar.

 

Interjections in form of phrases

Some of the interjections are used in common phrases. Few of them are stated as follows:

What hell! , Goodness gracious! , Good Lord! , Oh my God! , Oh no! , What the heck! , What Goodness! , etc.

 

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Welcome to your quiz on interjection

___ are the words or group of words that are used to express and exclaim extreme emotions.
_____ are always used with an exclamation mark.
Interjections do not have any grammatical function in a sentence.
Which one is interjection for greeting?
Which one is interjection for happiness?
Which one is interjection for attention?
Which one is interjection for approval?
Which one is interjection for surprise?
Which one is interjection for sorrow?
check on wrong sentence.

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