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Using Word & Phrases along with Onomatopoeia

What is Onomatopoeia?

  • Onomatopoeia is when a word is pronounced the way it sounds. They are mostly used in poetry and in stories because of their sound. It can evoke emotion that can help to make a poem or a story more interesting.
  • These words appeal to the sense of hearing, and it is used to bring a poem or a story to lif

Types of Onomatopoeia

Many times, an onomatopoeic word is used based on the letter combinations within the word. These combinations come at the beginning, but a few come at the end also. Onomatopoeia can be grouped into several categories as shown below:

Examples of Onomatopoeia relating to the following components:

splash ahem bang bark flutter
drip chatter clap buzz fwoosh
spray giggle clatter chirp swoosh
drizzle grunt crash hiss whoosh
dribble growl crunch howl whizz
babbling moan knock purr whip
  gulp slap tweet waft
  murmur smash meow gasp
  squeal thud neigh  

Examples of Onomatopoeia in English Literature

Let’s take a look at how this has been used in stories and poems.

  1. Let’s take a look at how this has been used in stories and poems.

    I'm sure my poor head aches again
    I've scratched it so, and all in vain.
    Oh for a trap, a trap, a trap!
    “Just as he said this, what should hap
    At the chamber door but a gentle tap?
    Bless us, cried the Mayor, what’s that?
    (With the Corporation as he sate,
    Looking little though wondrous fat);
    Only a scraping of shoes on the mat?
    Anything like the sound of a rat
    Makes my heart go pit-a-pat!

  2. A text from ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ by Ernest Hemingway
    He saw nothing and heard nothing but he could feel his heart pounding and then he heard the clack of stone and the leaping, dropping clicks of a small rock falling.

What are Transition Words and Phrases?

  • Transitional words are frequently used to join the different information or parts of the story.
  • Depending on the reasoning of the sentences, transition words can indicate time, sequence, opposition, or agreement.
  • Transition words are linking words that create a natural thought flow. It enhances clarity.
  • For a smooth writing structure and to connect ideas between sentences and paragraphs, transition words are used.

What Transition Words to Use for Narrative Writing?

Below given common transition words used in story writing.

and before nevertheless accordingly
or otherwise unfortunately but
when however recently for
after therefore although for example
so consequently at last in conclusion

How to Use Onomatopoeia with Transition Phrases in a Sentence?

Let us see through a few examples of to use Onomatopoeia can be used with transition phrases in a sentence.
“She was late, consequently, she ran through the glass door- smash and hurt her nose”.


“While I was singing in the back seat of our car. Immediately, I heard the honk of a truck beside our car.


Common Mistakes

  1. Do not use too much of sound words in the dialogues of a story. Use it carefully for maximum effect.


    Avoid overusing words:

    “My name’s Namita, although most people call me loudspeaker these days,” she grumbled.
    “Why?” I asked.
    “Because I love to gossip about people,” she giggled.
    “Well, I am a gossip monger,” she confessed.
    “Really?” he whined.
    “Yeah.” I roared.
    The above conversation is filled with onomatopoeia. We have grumbled, giggled, whined, and roared It seems way too much.

  2. Using transition words in the wrong context makes it look too formal or too casual for the communication.


    I dressed, took my bag, and therefore, I’m ready for the party.
    The above usage of the transition word therefore makes it looks too formal.

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