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    Parts of speech

    Hello!
    "the Duchess!THe Duchess!" he muttered,
    Is 'The Duchess! The Duchess!" an interjection in this phrase? Pls tell and explain..
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    Hi, Mag,
    It's a noun. Interjections are such small words as Ouch! Er..., Wow! etc.
    Cheers

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    Re: Parts of speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi, Mag,
    It's a noun. Interjections are such small words as Ouch! Er..., Wow! etc.
    Cheers
    Not necessarily. "Oh my God!" is an interjection. Don't confuse the part of speech definition of interjection (has to be one word) with the expanded definition of short, abrupt utterance.


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    Re: Parts of speech

    Please look up : Parts of speech.

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    Re: Parts of speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Please look up : Parts of speech.
    Please look up "interjection".

    interjection


    A brief exclamation, often containing only one word: “Oh!” “Gee!” “Good grief!” “Ouch!”
    The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Edited by E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Joseph F. Kett, and James Trefil. Copyright © 2002 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.


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    Re: Parts of speech

    Tnx, Mike.


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    Re: Parts of speech

    Hi, Mike,
    We both seem to belong to different grammar schools. Here’s what I found in my grammar book:
    (I’m giving just a summary).
    The interjection is a part of speech which expresses various emotions without naming them. Interjections may be primary and secondary.
    Pimary interjections are not derived from other parts of speech. Most of them are simple words: ah, oh, bravo, hush etc.
    Secondary interjections are derived from other parts of speech. They are homonymous with the words they are derived from. They are : well, there, why etc.
    Derivative interjections should not be confused with exclamation-words, such as nonsense, shame, good etc.
    I find this scheme very logical.
    Duchess!Isn’t even an exclamation word. It’s just a noun in an extremely elliptical sentence. The exclamation mark does not turn it into an interjection. It could be shouted, muttered or whispered.
    Rgs
    Sorry for the formatting, can't do anything.

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    Re: Parts of speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi, Mike,
    We both seem to belong to different grammar schools. Here’s what I found in my grammar book:
    (I’m giving just a summary).
    The interjection is a part of speech which expresses various emotions without naming them. Interjections may be primary and secondary.
    Pimary interjections are not derived from other parts of speech. Most of them are simple words: ah, oh, bravo, hush etc.
    Secondary interjections are derived from other parts of speech. They are homonymous with the words they are derived from. They are : well, there, why etc.
    Derivative interjections should not be confused with exclamation-words, such as nonsense, shame, good etc.
    I find this scheme very logical.
    Duchess!Isn’t even an exclamation word. It’s just a noun in an extremely elliptical sentence. The exclamation mark does not turn it into an interjection. It could be shouted, muttered or whispered.
    Rgs
    Sorry for the formatting, can't do anything.
    Again, "interjection" as a part of speech has one definition. Interjection as a short utterance has a different meaing. This is not unusual in English.


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    You don't agree with what I've written?

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    Re: Parts of speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    You don't agree with what I've written?
    Not entirely, no.

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