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Interjections (English Vocabulary)

ESL Vocabulary for Interjections

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The following page has learning games and example sentences using the following 15 words from the "interjections" category:
Studying interjections vocabulary is important for expressing emotions, surprise, and spontaneous reactions in conversations.

Memory Game

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Example Sentences

no

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No is a negative response or expression used to indicate refusal, denial, or disagreement. It is commonly used in conversation to convey a negative answer

Easy Examples

  • No means you don't want something.
  • You say 'no' when you don't agree.
  • Sometimes it's okay to say 'no'.

Harder Examples

  • She asked if I wanted more dessert, and I replied with a firm 'no.'
  • No, I don't think that's the right way to approach the problem.
  • Sometimes, saying 'no' is necessary to set boundaries and prioritize your own needs.

oh

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Oh is an interjection or exclamation used to express a range of emotions or reactions, such as surprise, realization, or understanding. It can convey various tones and moods depending on context

Easy Examples

  • Oh is a word to show surprise.
  • You say 'oh' when something unexpected happens.
  • Oh, I see what you mean.

Harder Examples

  • Oh, I didn't see you there! You startled me.
  • Oh, now I understand how that works. Thanks for explaining.
  • The simple 'oh' can convey a wide range of emotions without needing additional words.

omg

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OMG is an abbreviation for 'Oh my God' or 'Oh my goodness.' It is used as an exclamation to express shock, surprise, excitement, or disbelief, often in response to something remarkable or unexpected

Easy Examples

  • OMG stands for 'Oh my goodness!'
  • People use 'OMG' when they're shocked or excited.
  • OMG, that's amazing!

Harder Examples

  • OMG, I can't believe we won the lottery!
  • She just told me the news, and all I could say was 'OMG!'
  • OMG is a common expression in text messaging and social media.

oops

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Oops is an exclamation used to acknowledge a mistake or accident. It is often said when someone realizes they've done something wrong or unintentional

Easy Examples

  • Oops is something you say when you make a mistake.
  • People often say 'oops' when they drop something.
  • Oops, I didn't mean to do that.

Harder Examples

  • Oops, I dropped the glass, and it broke. I'll clean it up.
  • Oops, I misspelled that word in my email. Let me correct it.
  • We all make mistakes, and saying 'oops' can help lighten the mood when they happen.

ow

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Ow is an exclamation used to express pain or discomfort, particularly when someone is injured or experiences physical discomfort

Easy Examples

  • Ow is what you say when something hurts.
  • Kids say 'ow' when they get a small injury.
  • Ow, that hurt a little.

Harder Examples

  • Ow, I stubbed my toe on the coffee table!
  • She cried out in pain, saying 'ow' when she got a splinter.
  • When someone says 'ow,' it's usually a sign that they need help or comfort.

phew

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Phew is an exclamation used to express relief, often after a challenging or stressful situation. It signifies a sense of relaxation or release from tension

Easy Examples

  • Phew is a sound of relief.
  • People say 'phew' when they finish something difficult.
  • Phew, I'm glad that's over.

Harder Examples

  • Phew, I finally finished that difficult project. It was a lot of work!
  • After a long hike, they sat down and said, 'Phew, that was tough.'
  • Phew is a way of expressing the feeling of 'whew,' as if you've just taken a deep breath after exertion.

sigh

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Sigh is an onomatopoeic word used to describe the act of exhaling audibly, often to express a deep breath or a sign of weariness, disappointment, or resignation

Easy Examples

  • Sigh is a sound when you're tired or sad.
  • People sometimes sigh when they're feeling frustrated.
  • Sigh, it's been a long day.

Harder Examples

  • She let out a sigh of relief when she found her lost keys.
  • With a sigh, he realized he had to redo the entire report due to a mistake.
  • A sigh can convey a range of emotions, from exhaustion to contemplation.

um

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Um is a filler word or hesitation sound commonly used in speech when someone is pausing to gather their thoughts, express uncertainty, or indicate they are about to speak

Easy Examples

  • Um is a word to give you more time to think.
  • You might say 'um' when you're not sure what to say next.
  • Um, let me think about it.

Harder Examples

  • Um, I'm not sure if I can make it to the meeting tomorrow.
  • He paused and said, 'Um, let me think about it for a moment.'
  • Using 'um' can provide a brief moment to formulate what to say next.

woohoo

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Woohoo is an exclamation used to express excitement, joy, or celebration. It is often shouted or exclaimed enthusiastically during moments of happiness or triumph

Easy Examples

  • Woohoo is a word for celebrating.
  • People shout 'woohoo' when they're excited and happy.
  • Woohoo, we won the game!

Harder Examples

  • Woohoo! We won the game in overtime!
  • She shouted 'woohoo' as she crossed the finish line of the marathon.
  • Woohoo is a spirited expression of enthusiasm and exhilaration.

yay

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Yay is an exclamation used to convey happiness, approval, or enthusiasm. It is commonly used in celebratory or positive contexts

Easy Examples

  • Yay is another word for celebrating.
  • Kids say 'yay' when they're happy about something.
  • Yay, it's a snow day!

Harder Examples

  • Yay, it's my birthday today! Let's celebrate!
  • When they announced the news, the crowd cheered and shouted 'yay!'
  • Yay is often associated with expressing joy and excitement.

yeah

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Yeah is an informal and casual way of saying 'yes' or indicating agreement in conversation. It is often used in relaxed or everyday speech

Easy Examples

  • Yeah means yes, like agreeing with something.
  • You might say 'yeah' when someone asks if you want ice cream.
  • Yeah, that sounds good.

Harder Examples

  • Yeah, I'll be there for the meeting at 3 PM.
  • She said, 'Do you want pizza for dinner?' and I replied, 'Yeah, that sounds great.'
  • In informal conversations, 'yeah' is a common way to affirm or confirm something.

yuck

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Yuck is an exclamation used to express disgust or distaste in response to something unpleasant, unappetizing, or unpleasantly surprising

Easy Examples

  • Yuck is what you say when you don't like the taste of something.
  • Kids often say 'yuck' about foods they don't like.
  • Yuck, I don't want to eat that.

Harder Examples

  • Yuck, there's a bug in my salad! I can't eat this.
  • When she tasted the spoiled milk, she made a face and said, 'Yuck!'
  • Yuck is a straightforward way to communicate strong aversion to something.

damn

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Damn is an exclamation or slang term used to express frustration, disappointment, anger, or emphasis. It can be used in various contexts to convey strong feelings

Easy Examples

  • Damn is a strong word to show frustration.
  • People might say 'damn' when something goes wrong.
  • Damn, I missed the bus.

Harder Examples

  • Damn, I missed my train by just a few seconds!
  • He said, 'That movie was damn good,' to show how much he enjoyed it.
  • While 'damn' can be used for emphasis, it should be used with caution in formal settings.

ew

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Ew is an expression used to convey disgust or revulsion in response to something unappealing, gross, or unsightly

Easy Examples

  • Ew is what you say when you think something is gross.
  • People say 'ew' when they see something slimy or dirty.
  • Ew, that's disgusting.

Harder Examples

  • Ew, there's a strange odor coming from the kitchen sink.
  • She made a face and said, 'Ew, I can't believe you ate that!'
  • Ew is a succinct way to express a visceral reaction to something unpleasant.

jeepers

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Jeepers is an exclamation used informally to express surprise, astonishment, or mild shock. It is often used in a playful or lighthearted manner

Easy Examples

  • Jeepers is an old-fashioned word to show surprise.
  • People used to say 'jeepers' a long time ago.
  • Jeepers, that's spooky.

Harder Examples

  • Jeepers, that magic trick was amazing! How did you do it?
  • She exclaimed, 'Jeepers, I can't believe you're here!' when her friend unexpectedly showed up.
  • Jeepers is a whimsical expression that adds a touch of wonder to a statement.
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