Spanish Exclamatory Words and Expressions
One of the easiest ways to convey a very strong feeling or opinion about something is to use an exclamatory word or expression. Many exclamatory words are very similar to interrogative words, but instead of asking a question, they state an idea or opinion.
Check out these examples of exclamations.
Exclamatory words can make a simple phrase into a statement of surprise, anger, pain, etc. Which exclamatory word you use in Spanish will depend on what you want to say and the type of word that comes after the exclamatory word. Below you'll find some handy tips and examples to help make you an exclamatory master. Although many of these equate to how or what in English, in colloquial language they are more often translated using so or really.
Quéis used in front of nouns, adjectives, and adverbs to say how or what.
Check out these examples with qué.
Cómois used before conjugated verbs and means how.
Cuánis used before phrases that begin with an adjective or adverb and are followed by a verb phrase. It means how.
Cuántois used in front of nouns and verb phrases and means how, how much, how many, what, etc.
To modify a noun, cuánto must match the noun it precedes in gender and number. To modify a verb, the masculine singular form (cuánto) is always used.
Other Exclamatory Phrases and Interjections
Check out this jam-packed list of common Spanish interjections. ¡Órale!(Wow!)
Ways to Express Surprise
The following exclamations are the equivalent of saying Wow!, My goodness!, or My God! in English.
Ways to Express Anger or Disappointment
The following exclamations are the equivalent of saying Darn! or Shoot! in English.
Other Useful Exclamations
Below are some other useful exclamations you can pepper your Spanish with.
|Bravo!||Go for it!/Do it!/Ok!|
|Look out!||Look out!|
|Ok!||Bam! or Ok!|
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