Wednesday, 7 December 2011


These adverbs express how certain or sure we feel about an action or event.
Common adverbs of certainty:
certainly, definitely, probably, undoubtedly, surely
Adverbs of certainty go before the main verb but after the verb 'to be':
  • He definitely left the house this morning.
  • He is probably in the park.
With other auxiliary verb, these adverbs go between the auxiliary and the main verb:
  • He has certainly forgotten the meeting.
  • He will probably remember tomorrow.
Sometimes these adverbs can be placed at the beginning of the sentence:
  • Undoubtedly, Winston Churchill was a great politician.
BE CAREFUL! with surely. When it is placed at the beginning of the sentence, it means the speaker thinks something is true, but is looking for confirmation:
  • Surely you've got a bicycle?

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