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15 Most Common Interjections

Added by Tomasz H. 1 October 2014 in category: English, General tips, Lexicon

Interjection is a word that is used to show a short sudden expression of emotion. There're many interjections, our list shows the most common.

 

AH

used to express understanding, pleasure, pain, surprise, or the fact that you have noticed something

Examples:

Ah, I see.
Ah, John, how wonderful to see you!
Ah, what a lovely baby!

EH

used to express surprise or confusion, to ask someone to repeat what they have said, or as a way of getting someone to give some type of reaction to a statement that you have made

Examples:

"Did you hear what I said?" "Eh? Say it again."
Eh! Really?
What do you think of that, eh?

ALAS

used to express sadness or feeling sorry about something

Examples:

"Will you be able to come tomorrow?" "Alas, no."
Alas, he's dead now.
I love volleyball but, alas, I have no talent as a player.

HI

used as an informal greeting, usually to people who you know

Examples:

Hi, how are you doing?
Hi, how are you?

HMM

something you say when you pause while talking or when you are uncertain

Examples:

"Which one do you like best?" "Hmm. I'm not sure."
Hmm, I'm still not convinced.

HEY

used as a way of attracting someone's attention, sometimes in a way that is not very polite

Examples:

Hey, are you guys coming to party?
Hey! What are you doing with my bike!

ER

the sound that people often make when they pause in the middle of what they are saying or pause before they speak, often because they are deciding what to say

Examples:

Santiago is the capital of...er...Chile.
"Is she handsome?" "Er, well - she's not exactly handsome."

OH

used to express different emotions, such as surprise, disappointment, and pleasure, often as a reaction to something someone has said

used with other expressions of disappointment, sadness, anger

introduces an idea that you have just thought of, or something that you have just remembered

Examples:

Is that for me? Oh, you're so kind!
Oh dear, what a mess!
Oh, and don't forget to lock the car.

DUH

used to show that you think a person or statement is stupid, or that something is obvious

Examples:

Duh, of course I know what is the capital of France!
Duh, what is he talking about?

OUCH

used to express sudden physical pain

Examples:

Ouch, that hurts!

UH

used in writing to represent the sound that people sometimes make when they are thinking what to say next

Examples:

It's not too far - it's about, uh, five miles from here.

UH-HUH

sed in writing to represent the sound that people sometimes make in order to agree with or show understanding of something that has just been said

Examples:

"Did you hear what I just said?" "Uh-huh."
"Shall we go?" "Uh-huh."

UM, UMM

used in writing to represent the sound that people make when they are pausing or deciding what to say next

Examples:

"So what did you talk about?" "Um, I don't remember."

FEH

is an indication of feeling underwhelmed or disappointed

Examples:

Feh, I didn't expect that they loose the match...

PSST

calls for quiet

a sound made to get someone's attention, especially without other people noticing

Examples:

Psst, be quiet!

Psst, what's the time?


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