An interjection is an exclamation or sudden expression within a sentence that has no real connection to it. Common examples include ouch and well. Looking at a list of interjections for kids may further explain this simple definition. An interjection is almost any word in English that you can insert into a sentence to convey emotions.
List of Interjections for Kids
The list of interjections used in English is very long, just as the list of adjectives or adverbs would be. Almost any word or phrase can be used as an interjection if it is inserted into a sentence to show some feeling.
For example, if you hurt yourself, you might say:
"Darn! That hurt."
Darn would be the interjection. You could, however, also say, "Ouch! That hurt." Or, "Dang! That hurt." Or, "Gee! That hurt!" As you can see, this could go on and on.
Placement in a Sentence
Interjections do not always have to come at the beginning of a sentence either. For example:
"You don't like spinach too much, huh?"
In this example, huh would be the interjection at the end of the sentence, designed to show confusion (or perhaps sarcasm or even dismay at the dislike of spinach).
Interjections can even be found right in the middle of a sentence. For example:
"When I think about the number of interjections in English, good gracious, I don't think I could ever list them all."
In this case, good gracious is the interjection, designed to show amazement at the number of interjections, or dismay at the prospect of listing them all.
List of Common English Interjections
If you want to jazz up your writing with some interjections, here is a selection to get you started. Some of the interjections listed in the provided PDF include:
- Absolutely: To express certainty
- Aha: Exclaiming a great finding or revelation
- Ahoy: A greeting, particularly in a nautical context
- Anyhow: To move a conversation along, like "anyway"
- Behold: To draw attention to something
- Bingo: To express that something is correct
- Dang: Exclamation of disappointment
- Doh: Popularized by Homer Simpson, used when something goes wrong
- Hallelujah: A happy expression, literally meaning "God be praised"
- Hmmm: Thinking or pondering about something
- Nah: A casual variant of the word "no"
- Oops: Used in the context of an accident
- Tut: To express annoyance, more common in British English, as in Winnie the Pooh
- Waa: Onomatopoeia for crying
- Woah: Utterance of amazement or surprise
- Yikes: Used to indicate shock or fear
View and download the PDF document below for the full list.
Yay! More Fun With Interjections
Excited to learn more about how you use this fun part of speech in your own writing? Study these examples of interjections and you'll be well on your way to some truly exclamatory times. Better yet, test your knowledge with this interjections worksheet. Then, rest easy, knowing you can express your feelings in multiple ways. Hurray!