Interjections are words used to express emotion or to catch the reader’s attention. Interjections are rarely used in formal or business writing but do appear in advertising and promotional material, fiction, informal writing, and personal letters.
These are some of the most commonly used interjections:
Strong interjections are punctuated with an exclamation point (wow! ouch! hooray!). The first word following the exclamation point is capitalized because it is the first word in a new sentence.
Milder interjections are set off by commas and often introduce a sentence (indeed, yes, well). The word following the comma is not capitalized because it is a continuation of the same sentence.
- Excellent! That was a perfect dive.
- You may be saying, “Hey! Why is the coffee cold?”
- No, we can’t visit you this summer.
- Well, I just thought I’d ask.