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    Parts of Speech: Interjections

    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.

    Common Interjections

    These are some of the most commonly used interjections:

    ah
    alas
    congratulations
    good grief
    great
    help
    hey
    hooray
    hurry
    my goodness
    never
    no
    no way
    oh
    ouch
    outstanding
    ugh
    wow

    Punctuation

    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.

    Strong interjections: 

      • Excellent! That was a perfect dive.
      • You may be saying, “Hey! Why is the coffee cold?”

    Mild interjections:

      • No, we can’t visit you this summer.
      • Well, I just thought I’d ask.
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