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An interjection, also known as an exclamation, is a word, phrase, or sound used to convey an emotion such as surprise, excitement, happiness, or anger. Interjections are very common in spoken English, but they appear in written English as well. Capable of standing alone, they are grammatically unrelated to any other part of a sentence.
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English part of speechpart of speech,
in traditional English grammar, any one of about eight major classes of words, based on the parts of speech of ancient Greek and Latin. The parts of speech are noun, verb, adjective, adverb, interjection, preposition, conjunction, and pronoun.
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 consisting of exclamatory words such as oh, alas, and ouch. They are marked by a feature of intonation that is usually shown in writing by an exclamation point (see punctuationpunctuation
[Lat.,=point], the use of special signs in writing to clarify how words are used; the term also refers to the signs themselves. In every language, besides the sounds of the words that are strung together there are other features, such as tone, accent, and pauses,
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). Many languages have classes like interjections.
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a part of speech that includes invariable words which are usually not morphologically divisible and which appear in speech as one-unit sentences. Interjections fulfill an expressive or hortatory function, expressing, for example, the speaker’s feelings (Oh!; Oho!), a call (Hey!; Chick-chick!), or an order (Shoo!). They can be expressed by sounds and sound clusters that are not typical for a given language, for example, the labial trilled resonant (tpru!, “Whoa!”) or the combination [d‘z’] (dzin’-dzin\ “dingdong”).

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Please come and visit GAH on stand F1 for some refreshments and the fuller picture.
Instead of trying to offer solutions from her native city of Cairo, Gah Allah decided to move hundreds of kilometers away to Aswan to stay in local homes, gain a better understanding of local needs and earn thepeople'strust.
After independence in 1947, only two women members were part of the first constituent National Assembly of Pakistan (Mumtaz 1998; Shirkat Gah 2009).
Shirkat Gah caters to women in all stages of the vicious cycle.
The Lashkar Gah base is home to most senior British commanders and Foreign Office officials in Afghanistan and mainly houses UK servicemen and women, but there are also some Americans based there.
The city is now well-connected by air and road with the Afghan capital Kabul, and Lashkar Gah's economy is relatively thriving.
Control of security in Lashkar Gah passed from foreign to Afghan forces this month as part of the first wave of the transition process which will eventually see all international troops leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
Security has improved significantly in Lashkar Gah, but concerns remain about the strength of the Taliban and corruption and incompetence among the Afghan army and police.
In a round of interviews with journalists, Mr Cameron said the decision to cancel the Lashkar Gah leg of his visit had been "absolute common sense".
Lieutenant Colonel David Eastman said: "The soldier was participating in an operation to clear an area north of Lashkar Gah, when an improvised explosive device was initiated.
He also visited a British-funded agriculture school near Lashkar Gah following talks with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, where he appeared unruffled by the incident.
Local authorities said all those killed in the attack on Tuesday in Lashkar Gah were civilians.