Interjections are words that express strong emotions. They are not grammatically connected to the rest of the sentence. Interjections that express anger, excitement, surprised or urgency is followed by an exclamation mark. Other kinds of emotions and expressions are followed by a comma.

Examples (using the exclamation mark):

Sentences below indicate anger, urgency, surprise and excitement. Take note of the exclamation mark.

  1. Wait! You forgot something.
  2. Help! There’s a fire next door.
  3. Hey! What are you doing in my house?
  4. Yes! I’ve finally won the game.
  5. No! I’ve already told you that you can’t go.

As mentioned earlier, milder interjections are followed by a comma, not an exclamation mark. Look at the following sentences:

Examples (using the comma):

  1. Yes, I suppose you could go with her.
  2. No, I’m afraid it’s too late to do anything about it.
  3. Wait, I’ll get it for you now.

Posted on July 9, 2009, in Word Classes and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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