What is an interjections? Oh, I’m not surprised you don’t know. Many people don’t. Did you even realize that I used one in this very paragraph? I sure did. When I said, “Oh, I’m not surprised,” I used an interjection. The “oh” is something that is not critically important to the sentence but adds emotion to it. It can also stand alone as a sentence.
‘Wow’ is another one that you can see put with sentences though many times it is set apart with an exclamation point instead of a comma. Another common one is ‘no’. For example, ‘No, you cannot go out in my car.’ Again, ‘no’ can stand on its own, but it complements the other sentence.
Because the interjections are not vital to the structure of the sentence and are there to enhance it, they are set apart with commas. Sadly, I’m seeing many books going into publication with few interjections being accompanied by the appropriate comma. To me, I struggle reading the story then as my mind wants to pause but the writer has not put in the directional to do so. This hurts my reading pace as I know something is not right. When that happens, I struggle with finishing a story.
Let’s go back to my original example sentence: “Oh, I’m not surprised.” Say it out loud. Hear that pause after ‘oh’? You naturally stop there. Even if you didn’t see that comma there, you inclination is to give your voice a pause. It helps to emphasis the word. The ‘oh’ should be separated by the comma. It is a yield sign you want to acknowledge as it gives more power to your words.