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Post by Sharon McLaughlin on May 14 at 10:36:40 AM

mostly because the teacher is fun! YAY!

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Post by Sharon McLaughlin on May 14 at 10:29:06 AM

I like this.

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Post by Peter Fraser on December 17, 2014

What's the situation with the exclamation point of interjections when writing direct thought as opposed to direct speech?  Is it right to suppose that the exclamation point should never be used in direct thought because the exclamation point is always associated with words spoken loudly, or at least at a higher volume than normal?  For example, in the following:

Zanzi’s shoulders drop as two very loud but entirely unspoken words enter her thoughts: “Oh, bugger.”

Is it right not to write "Oh, bugger!" because these words exist entirely as loud thoughts and are not actually spoken?

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Post by Bartek Papiez on February 17, 2014

hi guies

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Mon May 13, 2013 12:21 PM

Post by binti farah on May 13, 2013

Really complicating

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Last reply by: Mohamed Elnaklawi
Sat Jun 7, 2014 11:25 PM

Post by America Moctezuma on April 15, 2013

Wow,Good video!


  • Interjections are short outbursts used to express emotion. They may be used in a larger sentence or may stand alone as sentences in their own right.
  • When interjections stand alone as sentences, interjections are almost always followed by an exclamation point.
  • When interjections are used at the beginning of a sentence, they are often followed by a comma.
  • In works written up to the early 20th century, interjections were sometimes used at the beginning of a sentence (or even in the middle), followed by a exclamation point and then the rest of the sentence as usual. This style of punctuation for interjections isn’t used anymore, but you will still find it in classic literature.
  • Curse words can be interjections too, but use profanity as little as possible in your writing; it’s considered a mark of a limited vocabulary and may offend some readers.
  • Use interjections sparingly.
  • Some interjections are closely identified with certain dialects or subcultures.


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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:07
  • What is an Interjection? 0:25
    • Definition
    • Examples
  • Punctuating Interjections 0:52
    • Followed by Exclamation Point
    • Beginning of Sentence
    • Classic Literature
    • Example
  • Common Interjections 2:27
  • Find the Interjections Practice 2:56
  • Find the Interjections Answers 3:17
  • Using Interjections Correctly 3:51
    • Punctuation to Use
    • Use Sparingly
  • Choose Your Interjections Practice 4:47
  • Choose Your Interjections Answers 5:14
  • Who Says It? Practice 5:45
  • Who Says It? Answers 6:10
  • Find the Interjections Practice 6:35
  • Find the Interjections Answers 6:57