Adverb of certainty

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An adverb of certainty basically gives information about how sure we are of something. It normally goes in mid-position, i.e. either after auxiliary verbs and be or before other verbs. However, perhaps and maybe typically go at the beginning of a clause.[1]

Typical adverbs of certainty[edit | edit source]

  • certainly, definitely, likely*, obviously, probably

* As an adverb, in British English, likely needs to be accompanied by a preceding intensifying adverb (it will very likely rain or it will most likely rain), but not in colloquial American English.[2][3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Swan, Michael. Practical English Usage Oxford University Press 1980 ISBN 0-19-431197 x
  2. "likely" Collins Dictionaries. Retrieved 10th October 2012.
  3. "likely" Oxford Dictionaries. Retrieved 10th October 2012.