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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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(64) In the above exchange, the four functions mediated by the interjection serve to "locate an utterance at the intersection of four planes of talk." (65) Here, the interjection operates like a communication switchboard connecting and modulating people's dialogues and interactions.
Rather, the meaning of the base interjection and the non-serious feature of the suffix are combined with repetition to intensify the emotive loading.
Since the elegiac Ach does not exist in the English language, the translator chooses another primary interjection. At any rate, he also opens the text with an interjection: Ah, the wickedness one sees Or is told of such as these ...
Instead of a jaunty allegro the finale meandered in arthritically so Mozart's inspired andante cantabile interjection had to be played at a funereal pace to compensate.
The work explores this interjection of the academe into international policymaking as a turning point in American foreign policy after which lawmakers would increasingly turn to experts for both policy advice and to dress naked political machinations in a veil of academic gravitas.
The dictionary entry says meh can be used as an interjection to suggest indifference or boredom or as an adjective to say something is mediocre or boring or a person is apathetic, bored or unimpressed.
Without this wonderful lady's interjection this critically injured man would surely have died.
Savill made sure there was no room for further interjection by saying: "Welcome to the awards - I won't give them a name."
They also include a functional word, the interjection "oh si." The use of English in Spanish decreases with increasing social status.
Named before the interjection became popular, however.
This breathtaking textual moment enacts "the manumission of first-person viewpoint," the crucial figurative escape foreshadowed in the second narrative interjection of the novel.
But trouble still stalks him, as, last week, he was involved in an ugly on-field row with Under-21 team-mate Wilfried Zaha that was halted by the interjection of team-mate Nathan Redmond.