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    What is "people" in the sentence below:

    People the time has come for you to leave.

    Is "people" a interjection?

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    #2

    Re: interjection?

    Shouldn't it be:
    People, the time has come for you to leave.

    ??

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    #3

    Re: interjection?

    notmyname: If your sentence is actually supposed to be written as tdol wrote it, then the word people would be a noun of direct address.

    An interjection usually expresses strong feeling: Wow! Ouch! Oh my! In rare cases, the feeling is less strong, such as in the Bible when behold is placed before a sentence.

    With both interjections and nouns of direct address, the words are not grammatically related to the rest of the sentences. If we diagramed sentences with either of these items, the items would be placed on a separate line above the diagram of a main sentence.

    I hope that helps.

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    Can you see it as an interjection there? I don't.

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    Re: interjection?

    Ok, then the word "fire" in the sentence below is also a noun of direct address?

    Fire, the house is on fire.

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    Re: interjection?

    Quote Originally Posted by notmyname216
    Ok, then the word "fire" in the sentence below is also a noun of direct address?

    Fire, the house is on fire.
    A noun of direct address is used when we are talking directly to someone. In your first example below:

    People, the time has come for you to leave.
    You are speaking directly to "people." That's what makes people a noun of direct address.

    You aren't directly speaking to the fire or to anyone named Fire. If you're saying that the house is on fire, then I imagine you're expressing it strongly. ("Fire! The house is on fire!") Since this is the case, the first fire would be an interjection.


    I hope this helps.

    Can you see it as an interjection there? I don't.
    tdol-san, would that be directed at me? I'll be glad to explain my logic if you want.

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    Re: interjection?

    Spiral-san- it was directed at you. BTW, I'm English, not Japanese, just living in Tokyo.


    I'd say:

    Fire! The house is on fire.(!)
    Or
    Fire- the house is on fire!

    I wouldn't use a comma there.

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    Re: interjection?

    Quote Originally Posted by notmyname216
    What is "people" in the sentence below:

    People, the time has come for you to leave.

    Is "people" a interjection?
    "people" is not an interjection. It's a noun. The speaker, though, is interjecting (i.e., interrupting the conversation). To interject is a verb, and it means to interrupt. An interjection is a grammatical term and it's used to refer to words that express emotion (e.g., Hi!, Hey, Ahem, Eh, and so on). Click below for more interjections:

    http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/interjections.htm

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    Re: interjection?

    Thanks everybody for the detailed explainations.

    In the sentence:

    Fire! The house is on Fire!

    Why is it not:

    Fire, the house is on fire!

    My question is why is a comma not allowed or appropiate after the word "fire"?

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    Because you're not talking to the fire.

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