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Grammar Lesson: The Interjection: The Eighth Part of Speech

By — John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Updated on Dec 10, 2010

The interjection, the eighth part of speech, expresses strong emotions or feelings. Often found at the beginning of a sentence, an interjection is usually followed by either an exclamation mark (for strong emotions) or a comma (for mild emotions). An interjection can also be used to protest or command. Though interjections can stand alone, they are often contained within larger groups of words.

    Wow! That was a close call. (strong emotion)
    Oh, you are correct. (mild emotion)

Note: Good writers choose their interjections wisely for they know that too many interjections can decrease the writing's power and total effect.

Here is a list of the most common interjections.

Activity

Write a sentence for each of these interjections.

  1. gosh
  2. oops
  3. yippee
  4. hurrah
  5. oh no
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