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    Interjections

    Hello, guys. I'm awfully interested in interjections, because I'm translating one of the greatest tatar things into English. I came across a tatar interjection that means smth like "a pie" but used when you are surprised, ex. [...], don't you have any friends here? Are there any interjections-nouns, not sounds like 'oh' which express surprise?

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    Re: Interjections

    Many religious (though in this context certainly not pious or holy) references to religious nouns, both proper and common: "God!" or "Jesus!" or even the holy "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!" as well as "Good heavens!"

    I'd love to return to a time when you'd say things like "Oh, my stars and garters" or "Oh, my sainted aunt" but I think those days are gone.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Interjections

    An extended 'What?' on a steeply rising tone.

    I have been know to utter a rather dated 'Good Grief!', and even 'Ye gods and little fishes!'.

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