Formatting Dialogue


Interjections (1)

Why is the police officer giving the thief a ride?

An interjection is an exclamatory or parenthetical word.

An interjection can stand alone, often with an exclamation point.

Sometimes, surprise can be conveyed with a question mark:

In most cases, however, the interjection appears at the beginning of a sentence, set off with a comma.

If the interjection occurs within a clause, set it off with parenthetical commas.

There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of interjections in the English language. Most are designed to express strong emotions, such as love, hate, surprise, happiness, anger, enthusiasm, disgust, boredom, confusion or unhappiness. However, this is not always true. Some interjections can express either a mild emotion, or can be expressions, such as "Excuse me."

Interjections have no grammatical connection to the rest of the sentence.

Here is an incomplete list of common interjections:

  • ah
  • alas
  • bah
  • bravo
  • duh
  • good
  • goodness
  • great
  • hello
  • here
  • hey
  • hmm
  • huh
  • hush
  • now
  • oh
  • oops
  • ouch
  • shoot
  • so
  • there
  • ugh
  • well
  • what
  • whoa
  • whoops
  • why
  • yay
  • yes


Instructions for the Quiz

Choose the sentence with the interjection that is punctuated correctly.