IELTS| Interjection: Parts of speech, how to express your emotions and examples

 

IELTS| Interjection: Parts of speech, how to express your emotions and examples
IELTS| Interjection: Parts of speech, how to express your emotions and examples

Interjection

 

Hello there! Welcome to yet another day of our wonderful class. It’s good to know that you all are here… I have had a wonderful session with you guys on other parts of speech which you can find here, today brings us to the end of it all and this one is… interjection. Just as you have all understood the others, I trust you will also be satisfied with this last one.

But before we start, we’ll all like to know what interjection is, why it’s necessary for us to be bothered about learning it… so let’s go there

 

What is Interjection?

An interjection is a part of speech that is used to express a sudden or deep burst of emotion. It’s a word mostly found at the beginning of a sentence, conversation and it’s usually followed by an exclamation mark (!)

Examples of interjections are:

Wow!

Aww!

Huh!

Oops!

Ouch!

Yuck!

Hi!

Phew!

These interjections usually have no grammatical value

Let’s look at some examples of them in a sentence

  1. Wow! I got it
  2. Aww! So sorry for your loss
  3. Huh! I didn’t hear you
  4. Oops! That was a mistake from me
  5. Ouch! That hurts really bad
  6. Yuck! Your shoe smells
  7. Hi! How’s work going?
  8. Phew! It’s finally over

 

TYPES OF INTERJECTIONS

Interjection of greeting

This expresses the emotion of being happy seeing someone

Examples:

Hi!

Hey!

Hello!

Interjection of pain

This expresses emotion of grief

Examples:

Ah!

Oh!

Ouch!

Interjection of embarrassment

This expresses an emotion of discomfort

Examples:

Ahem! Can I make a suggestion?

Interjection of surprise

This expresses emotions of shock

Examples:

Wow! This is beautiful

What! I can’t believe she made it

Interjection of doubt

This expresses an emotion of uncertainty

Examples:

Abuja is… er… the Federal Capital Territory

Interjection of joy

This expresses an emotion of happiness

Examples:

Hurray! I made it

Wow! Am happy for you

Interjection of praise

This expresses an emotion of approval

Great! I love that

Well done! This is good

Interjection of attention

This expresses an emotion of attention

Example:

Shh! Stop make noise

Look! The teacher is coming

Interjection of pity

This expresses emotion sympathy

Examples:

Oh dear! I forgot

Interjection of irritation

Examples:

Don’t blame the little girl, it’s not her fault. Hmph!

Am trying to calm you down, huh!. What’s there to be calm about?

I was greeting you, ehen! And so?

Interjection of relief

Examples:

Whew! It’s over at last

Okay! Which other interjections do you know?

There are other more examples and types of interjections. You can find out more on your own as part of the class practice and answer in the comment box below.

Now, let’s get to practice how these interjections can be used in our everyday conversations

  1. Hurray! I won the bet
  2. What! I can’t believe you just did that
  3. Wow! This house is beautiful
  4. Phew! I don’t want the teacher to come today
  5. Oops! I made a mistake in the results
  6. Shhh! Can I have some peace
  7. Huh! Please I didn’t hear you well
  8. Close that pot. Mtcheww!
  9. So sorry! I heard about your loss
  10. Er! Let me check the answer

So with these, I trust we can do a little exercise

Identify the interjections in the above sentences

  1. Hurray! I won the bet
  2. What! I can’t believe you just did that
  3. Wow! This house is beautiful
  4. Phew! I don’t want the teacher to come today
  5. Oops! I made a mistake in the results
  6. Shhh! Can I have some peace
  7. Huh! Please I didn’t hear you well
  8. Close that pot. Mtcheww!
  9. So sorry! I heard about your loss
  10. Er! Let me check the answer

Name the types of interjections identified above

  1. Hurray! I won the bet

Interjection of joy

  1. What! I can’t believe you just did that

Interjection of surprise

  1. Wow! This house is beautiful

Interjection of surprise

  1. Phew! I don’t want the teacher to come today

Interjection of disapproval

  1. Oops! I made a mistake in the results

Interjection of pity

  1. Shhh! Can I have some peace

Interjection of irritation

  1. Huh! Please I didn’t hear you well

Interjection of attention

  1. Close that pot. Mtcheww!

Interjection of irritation

  1. So sorry! I heard about your loss

Interjection of pity

  1. Er! Let me check the answer

Interjection of doubt

 

Okay! Practice this

Make a sentence with these types of interjections

  1. Interjection of praise
  2. Interjection of surprise
  3. Interjection of pity
  4. Interjection of irritation
  5. Interjection of doubt
  6. Interjection of relief
  7. Interjection of pain
  8. Interjection of embarrassment
  9. Interjection of greeting
  10. Interjection of excitement

Answer

  1. Hurray! I have passed my exams
  2. Is she your daughter, Wow! She’s beautiful
  3. Chai! I forgot to see you before going
  4. Please go out from there. Mtcheeww!
  5. Er…American is a country
  6. Alas! I have solved the problem
  7. Ouch! I have hurt my leg
  8. I don’t know. Er..let me find out please
  9. Hello! May I see your boss please?
  10. Wow! We’re travelling for the holiday

Interjection should be connected to the rest of the sentence, it shouldn’t be used anyhow

Examples of interjections used that do not connect with the rest of the sentence

  1. Wow! I have hurt myself
  2. Chai! America is a country
  3. Hello! Let me check
  4. Hey! Go out from there
  5. Ouch I have solved the problem
  6. Is she your daughter, alas! She’s beautiful
  7. I don’t know, ouch! Let me check
  8. Hurray! Let me see please
  9. So sorry, I have passed my exams
  10. Mtcheww! I have food to eat

Looking at the above statements, you will find out well that the interjections were wrongly used. Let’s see what makes them wrong

  1. Hurting yourself it’s not a good thing so it shouldn’t go with an exclamation Wow!
  2. America is a country… that’s just a statement that needs approval so it should go with an exclamation Chai
  3. Hello! It’s a greeting and has nothing to do with you checking something
  4. Go out from there is an expression of irritation and shouldn’t go with the exclamation Hey!
  5. Solving a problem is an expression of relief and shouldn’t be expressed with the exclamation ouch!
  6. “Is she your daughter” That should be an expression of praise and not relief ‘alas!’
  7. I don’t know, let me check” is an expression of embarrassment of not knowing something” so it shouldn’t go with an exclamation ouch!
  8. Let me see please is an expression of irritation and so should go with an exclamation Hurray!
  9. Passing ones exams should bring an expression of excitement and not pity
  10. “I have food to eat” is an expression of excitement and shouldn’t go with the exclamation mtcheww!

 

Now let’s see how we can fix them

  1. Wow! I have hurt myself

Ouch! I have hurt myself

  1. Chai! America is a country

Er!… America is a country

  1. Hello! Let me check

Er!…let me check

  1. Hey! Go out from there

Go out from there. Mtchewww!

  1. Ouch I have solved the problem

Alas! I have solved the problem

  1. Is she your daughter, alas! She’s beautiful

Is she your daughter, Wow! She’s beautiful

  1. I don’t know, ouch! Let me check

I don’t know, er… let me check

  1. Hurray! Let me see please

Mtcheww! Let me see please

  1. So sorry, I have passed my exams

Hurray! I have passed my exams

  1. Mtcheww! I have food to eat

Hurray! I have food to eat

 

Okay! It’s been a wonderful class with you all. But before I go I will like to leave this with you all

Answer the following questions

  1. What is interjection
  2. Examples of interjection
  3. Types of interjection
  4. Make sentences with the above

You can leave your answers and questions in the comment box; I will answer all… Thanks for your time

 

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