Adverbs of opinion and observation in English
In this chapter the adverbs of opinion and observation will be explained. They give information about an opinion about an action or an observation of an action.
What are adverbs of opinions and observations?
Adverbs of opinion and observation inform us about an opinion about an action or an observation of an action.
The adverbs of observation are similar to the adverbs of manner, because they both give information about how something is carried out.
Adverbs of opinion and observation examples:
- Surely she broke the cup, but she doesn't want to tell her father.
- Personally, we think you should quit your job.
- Technically, I didn't do anything wrong.
Placement of adverbs of opinion and observation
1) Adverbs of opinion are usually placed at the beginning of the sentence, then they are separated from the rest of the sentence by a comma. Rarely they are placed at the end.
2) Adverbs of observation are usually placed before the main verb. If the main verb is 'to be' the adverbs of observation can be placed after the main verb.
An alphabetical list of adverbs of opinion and observation
The following table shows a list of common adverbs of opinion and observation.
|Actually||Actually, I still wanted to use that piece of paper.|
|Basically||I have basically nothing to do all day.|
|Bravely||She bravely went up to the criminals.|
|Carelessly||This essay is very carelessly written.|
|Cleverly||They cleverly hid the present.|
|Clearly||Clearly he did not understand what I told him.|
|Effectively||Effectively, they did not do much at work today.|
|Foolishly||She foolishly believed him.|
|Fortunately||Fortunately I brought my sweater, because it is getting colder.|
|Generously||He generously offered his coat to her.|
|Kindly||She smiled kindly to the little children.|
|Logically||Logically we would meet again after tonight.|
|Luckily||Luckily Martina kept her wallet in a safe.|
|Naturally||Naturally I would say: 'go for it'.|
|Personally||Personally, I would not wear that for going out.|
|Pleasantly||She was pleasantly surprised by the flowers she found on her desk.|
|Practically||They are practically never home.|
|Presumably||Presumably, he speaks Chinese.|
|Rudely||You rudely interrupted the teacher yesterday.|
|Seriously||Seriously, is that all you can say?|
|Surely||Surely, we would understand.|
|Technically||Technically she was Dutch, but everyone assumed she was German because of her accent.|
|Theoretically||Theoretically I could stop working right now.|
Test your knowledge of the adverbs of opinion and observation in English with the exercises below.
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