I am making a dialogue for students to practice simple English constructions.
I would like to use an interjection in it - either Why or Well (as far as I know they both express mild surprise). Which one is better in the following microdialogue?
S1: Emily is ill.
S2: Ill? Why (or Well), Emily’s fine. Daisy is ill.
Last edited by englishhobby; 13-Aug-2014 at 20:51.
If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)
As noted recently, 'Why' as an interjection of mild surprise is little used these days. 'Well' doesn't work either.