Grammar: Types of Interjections in English

Interjections are used to express a strong or sudden action and feeling. Learn how to use interjections in a sentence and types of interjections.


Interjections and Exclamations with Meaning and Examples – Video

  • Interjections for Doubt  

Hmm!    

Hmm, I'm not sure about that.

Er!           

New Delhi is the capital of… er… India.

Um!        

What do you think of this jacket? - Um, I don't know if I like the colour.

  • Interjections for Pity        

Dear!      

Oh dear, I've broken the light.

Alas!        

Alas, my funds have some limitations.

  • Interjections for Realization          

Aha!        

Aha, It was a fox.

Ah!          

Ah, what a lovely baby!

  • Interjections for Disapproval        

Tsk -tsk!

So you were out drinking again last night were you? Tsk-tsk!

Tut - tut!               

Tut - tut, Jack, you disappointed me, you really do.

  • Interjections for Irritation              

Hmhp!    

Don't blame me. It's your fault. Hmph!

Huh!        

Try to understand. - Huh! What is there to understand?

Hey!        

"Hey! Look out!" shouted Patty.

Oy!          

Oy, my legs hurt.

  • Interjections for Panic     

Help!       

Help! I'm going to fall.

Ah!         

Ah! I have hurt my toe.

Uh-oh!  

Uh-oh, I think the bear is inside the house.

  • Interjections for Dismay 

Oh, no!  

Oh, no! Did I leave my keys in the car?

Oh!          

Oh, I am not going to die, am I? He will not separate us, we have been so happy.

Oops!    

Oops! I almost spilled the coffee.

  • Interjections for Disappointment 

Aw!

Aw, it's a shame I can't make it.

  • Interjections for Embarrassment                

Ahem!    

Ahem, can I make a suggestion?

Er!           

I don't think… er… wait… let me call my boss.

  • Interjections for Pain       

Ouch!     

Ouch! That really hurts!

Oww!     

Oww, I hit my thumb.

Oh!          

Oh! I've got a toothache.

  • Interjections for Disgust 

Yuck!      

Yuck! This peanut butter is disgusting!

Ugh!        

That guy is so stupid. Ugh, I can't stand his idiocy.

Ew!          

Ew, this apple is rotten.

  • Interjections for Surprise               

Oh!          

Oh! What a nice view.

Eek!        

Eek! It moved!

Yikes!      

Yikes, my mother's home!

Ooh!    

Ooh, what a lovely dress!

Wow!    

Wow!Never knew that.

Eh!           

So that was all she said, eh?

Well!       

Well, so she got the job?

Really!    

Really? Are you sure?

  • Interjections for Elation  

Hurrah!

We've done it! Hurrah!

Yippee!

Yippee! We won, lets head to the bar.

Ha!           

Ha! So I am right after all!

Woo - hoo!           

Woo hoo! I ran 20 miles and I’m feeling great.

Whoopee!            

Whoopee, it's the holidays!

  • Interjections for Pleasure              

Hooray!

Hooray! Our team won.

Mmm!

Mmm, this ice cream is delicious.

Yeah!

Yeah, I'd love some orange juice.

  • Interjections for Relief    

Phew!  

I didn't do my homework, but the teacher didn't check. Phew!

Whew!

Whew! I can't believe we actually finished it all.

Whoa!

Whoa, take it easy!

  • Interjections for Boredom

Blah!      

Blah! Why can't I get this computer to work!

Ho - hum!             

Look at all this paperwork. Ho-hum!

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