Interjections: Share Your Emotions

No Comments gives us the following definition for interjection: “a word or words, or some noise, used to express surprise, dismay, pain or other feelings and emotions.”

“Oh dear, so that’s what an interjection is.  I never realized.”

The “Oh dear” (or “Oh, dear”) part of the above sentence represents the [tag]interjection[/tag].

Interjections are probably safest when used in spoken English, and unless you wanted to be sarcastic or sardonic, you probably wouldn’t use one in formal writing.  I could be wrong, and there may be legitimate reasons to use interjections in formal writing.  To wit:

“Stop!  Read no further until you have completed the last step.”

Maybe that works.  If you’re writing a manual about how to defuse a bomb.

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