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List of Interjections in English

If you’ve been practicing English for a while now, you might know some useful English vocabulary—from business terms to idioms to phrasal verbs. But what do you know about interjections? 

First of all, you probably use interjections without even knowing it. They’re very common in any language, not just English. 

Okay, but what are they? 

Interjections are words or expressions we use to express a sudden feeling or reaction, such as disgust, surprise, anger, excitement, delight, or agreement. These words, which are used more often in spoken language than in written text, are not grammatically connected to the other parts of a sentence. In other words, there are no rules about where to place them; they don’t have a specific spot.

Below, we list a few common English interjections and show you some examples of how you’d use them in a sentence. 

Common English interjections

Argh

“This assignment is so frustrating! Argh!”

Aha

Aha! There they are! I found my car keys!”

Ahem

“Ahem, I believe you cut in front of me in line.” 

Ahh

Ahh! That bird is flying straight for our heads!” 

Awesome

“You got the job? Awesome!”

Aww

“Look at those cute little kittens! Aww.”

Boo

“We have a quiz tomorrow? Boo!” 

Brr

Brrr . . . it’s really cold this morning.”

Cool

“I didn’t know your dad was famous! Cool!”

Ew

Ew. Don’t eat that soup. It tastes terrible.”

Great

“You want to help me move? Great! Can you be over at 10 o’clock?”

Hey

Hey! I was sitting there!”

Hmm

“I’m not sure if there are any good Italian restaurants around here. Hmm . . . let me think.”

Jeez

“He wouldn’t let you stay home when you were sick? Jeez. What an unreasonable manager.”

Like

“Why don’t you come to my house at, like, six o’clock? We’ll eat at seven.”

Nice

Nice! I’m so glad you can come on the trip with us!”

No

“She has to cancel the appointment? No!”

Oh

Oh! Now I understand what you mean.”

Oh, man

Oh, man—I’m sorry to hear about your cat. It’s stressful having a sick pet.”

Oh, no

Oh, no! I locked my keys in the car!”

Okay

Okay, sounds good. I can come over tomorrow to help you with the project.”

Oops

“I accidentally used salt in the cake instead of sugar. Oops!”

Ouch

Ouch! Can you stop kicking me, please?”

Sure

“You’d like more salad? Sure. I’ll get you some.”

Ugh

Ugh, what a dark, rainy day. I just want to stay in bed and do nothing.”

Uh oh

Uh oh, I was supposed to be home an hour ago. I’m going to be in trouble!”

Um

“6 x 60 is . . . um . . . 360.”   

Whoops

“Oh, you wanted to eat the last piece of pizza? Whoops!”

Woah

Woah, the concert tickets are $300 each? That’s too much.”

Woohoo

Woohoo! We won $5,000 in the lottery today!”

Wow

Wow! You’re an incredible singer! I’m amazed.”

Andrea is a Gabby Academy coach and education technolgy writer based in Vancouver, Canada.