Unit 4.2

Adverbs of Attitude

Adverbs

Adverbs are expressions that function as modifiers of other elements in the clause. They can provide a wide range of information. {see Adverbs – Frequency, A1 Level}

Attitude adverbs express the writer’s attitude towards his or her topic.

Attitude adverbs are generally used to refer to whole sentences not to small phrases or words.

The position of attitude adverbs is quite flexible.

We can put them:

  1. At the beginning of the sentences;
  2. At the end of the sentences;
  3. Before a verb.

The most commonly used attitude adverbs are: certainly, clearly, frankly, fortunately, honestly, hopefully, incredibly, naturally, obviously, really, simply, suprisingly…

  1. Frankly, I feel tired so I don’t want to come with you.
  2. Doctors healed the wound of the patient, fortunately.
  3. The side effects of the pill were hopefully weak.

We use attitude adverbs to give information about how the speaker feels about that situation.

Most of attitude adverbs can also function as manner adverbs; it depends on how the adverb is used in the sentence.

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