An exclamation (also called an interjection) is a word or phrase that expresses strong emotion, such as surprise, pleasure, or anger. Exclamations often stand on their own, and in writing they are usually followed by an exclamation mark rather than a full stop:

How wonderful!

Ow! That hurt!

Exclamations are also used to express greetings or congratulations:


Well done, lads!


Back to word classes (or parts of speech).

You may also be interested in



Ending sentences with prepositions

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Grammar and usage