ADVERBS OF CERTAINTY


Adverbs of certainty are ways of expressing how certain or sure we feel about an action or event.

actually

realmente

admittedly

ciertamente / esta claro que…

altogether

completamente / totalmente

certainly

ciertamente / sin duda / desde luego

clearly

claramente

definitely

definitivamente / indudablemente

evidently

evidentemente / claramente /obviamente

honestly

sinceramente / honestamente / francamente

literally

literalmente

maybe

tal vez / quizá / quizás

of course

claro que si / naturalmente

obviously

obviamente / evidentemente

naturally

naturalmente

presumably

presumiblemente

probably

probablemente

reportedly

aparentemente / supuestamente

simply

simplemente / sencillamente

surely

seguramente / sin duda

undoubtedly

indudablemente

virtually

prácticamente

1) Adverbs of certainty usually go in mid position. They are placed after auxilary verbs and before other verbs. When there are two or more auxiliaries, the adverb goes after the first.

He is undoubtedly a brillant singer.

(is/am/are/was/were + adverb)

It will certainly rain this evening.

(auxiliary verb + adverb + main verb)

I honestly believe he’s right.

(adverb + main verb)

She will probably arrive late.

(auxiliary verb + adverb + main verb)

You’ve definitely been working too hard.

(first auxiliary + adverb + second auxiliary + other verb)

2) Exceptions

Perhaps, maybe and surely are exceptions to this rule. They usually go at the beginning of a clause. Surely he’s telling the truth. Perhaps he’ll arrive on time. Maybe you are right.

About these ads

One thought on “ADVERBS OF CERTAINTY

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s