The Printable KISS Grammar Workbooks
|| "Interjection" comes from
the Latin words for "throw" ("ject") and "among" ("inter"). An interjection
is thus a word or construction that is "thrown among" the words in a sentence.
Unlike all the other words, interjections DO NOT chunk to the rest of the
sentence. Instead, they usually indicate an attitude about the entire sentence.
In speech, short interjections are common:
Golly, Peter looks
Uhm, do you think supper
Ah, it's a beautiful
Ouch! That hurt.
Whew, that was close.
Well, I thought I was
Alas, all is lost.
Gee, I forgot!
Interjections such as those above are not considered proper
in formal writing, but the following, which consist of prepositional phrases,
are common to both writing and speech:
In fact, Peter was
He was, in my opinion,
Of course Freddie won.
"In fact" here simply emphasizes the writer's belief that
the sentence is factual, whereas "in my opinion" suggests that the sentence
may not be. "Of course" suggests that the statement is obviously true.
(But sometimes it may not be.)