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The Interjection tag is for the discussion of words and phrases used to express emotion or sentiment. Interjections have no grammatical relation to any other part of the sentence.

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Interjection after completing a difficult task

What interjection a native English speaker might use after completing a difficult task? Something like "oof", "ooh", etc. ______! It's been a tough day! ______! Running a marathon ...
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Why do say (How + clause!)?

I was reading a novel entitled Narnia: The magician's nephew and came across this: “I bet she was a bad fairy,” thought Digory; and added out loud, “But what about Polly?” “How you do harp on that!” ...
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"Oh, that’s nice!" vs "Ooh, that’s nice!"

What is the difference between the following two sentences: Oh, that’s nice! Ooh, that’s nice! I looked it up in several dictionaries and the definitions were similar, the pronunciation is different ...
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Can Interjections interrupt between parts of a sentence?

For example, I’m really surprised by, wow, your action. Is this sentence grammatically correct?
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Up (with) the workers!

Here are a few questions about expressions like: Up (with) the workers!" Are they old-fashioned? Do they mean the same as "Viva . . ."? Could we say, e.g., "Viva the workers!&...
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What is the interjection often used in front of "I like that"?

I often heard an interjection used in front of "I like that", when someone wants to say they like something which might be inappropriate or offend some others. It sounds like "woah&...
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Can imperatives function as interjections?

I have no direct example, but sentences like 'Look! it doesn't work,' and 'listen! I have no time' make me wonder if imperatives can function as interjections, so a comma can be between an imperative ...
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What does "pfft" mean in American English?

Person 1: You're an idiot. Person 2: Pfft
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Greeting with "Ho"

The other day, in a chat room, I was greeted with: Hi! I'm a nice person so I greeted back with: Ho! But then I got a reply: No! I'm not a Ho! I thought Ho is an interjection similar to ...
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Is there any synonym to "ha"?

"ha" can be used in a sarcastic way like this: A: When did the first war happen? B: In 1950. A: Wrong. It happened in 1914. B: I know that. A: That's why you answered it ...
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Interjection of regret

What interjection is common in English that is used along or right before a phrase, in which the speaker is stating some regrettable lack on the part of his interlocutor, which according to the ...
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What part of speech is "So" in this sentence

This is the sentence, So you have come? I have been anxiously waiting for you So, I have read online that the word "So" can have multiple functions and can be of different part of speech ...
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How would you translate the "ehhhhhh" interjection from Spanish to English?

For some reason, spanish speaking people (or at least argentines) when we hesitate before speaking we say "ehhhhh" (you can hear an example of the use here: ehhh) which is something that might be said ...
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Would it be considered impolite to use um-hum in a conversation?

I am not a native speaker, so I wonder if using "um-hum" to express my sincere affirmation during a conversation would backfire? I guess I just wanted to avoid monotonic reaction to people's talking. ...
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How is it spelled this sound? [closed]

I remember to have heard some interjection that sound like "Oops!" but without the /ps/ sound, just a short /u/ sound, but I'm not sure of whether it was what I really heard or how is it spelled. I ...
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Tell me what "to think that what" is in following sentence.

Please tell me what "to think that what" is in following sentence. I haven't ever seen this phrase. What is this? And what it means? I don't require exact answer. Any help is appreciated. "And it's ...
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Interjection for agreement

Edited: Just as Hmm is a sound made when you pause while talking or when you are uncertain Is there any interjection used in agreement? Many a times during formal chat it so happens that I don't ...
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"Oh Yeah" or "Oh, Yeah"?

I read that every interjection should be separated from the sentence, no matter where it's placed, with a comma. If that's true, would phrases such as these require a comma after "oh"? "Oh yeah" or ...
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Rock-a-bye baby

Somebody told me that Rock-a-bye baby is a nursery rhyme. But how do I use the phrase actually and what does it mean? This is the lyrics from the nursery rhyme: Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop ...
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"Like" as nonstandard adverb and informal interjection for the approximation: function or meaning?

Two examples from Dictionary.com for like: (1) I did it like wrong. [Adverb. Nonstandard. a) as it were; in a way; somehow] (2) Like, why didn't you write to me? [Interjection. Informal. (...to ...
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Reduplicated usage of "my": what does this mean?

Popular music is a good entry into language learning and many usages naturally reflect prose (non-lyric) usages. David Bowie sings "my my" in the song Beauty and the Beast and Ariana Grande sings "...
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Using 'someone's goodness' as 'my goodness'

An interjection 'oh my goodness!' is quite known to us. It talks about surprises. Say - My goodness, it's warm in here! Now, I was like using the same expression for a third person. Say - ...
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