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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]].<ref name=swan>[[Michael Swan|Swan, Michael]]. ''[[Practical English Usage]]'' Oxford University Press 1980 ISBN 0-19-431197 x</ref>
 
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]].<ref name=swan>[[Michael Swan|Swan, Michael]]. ''[[Practical English Usage]]'' Oxford University Press 1980 ISBN 0-19-431197 x</ref>
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==Typical adverbs of certainty==
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*''certainly'', ''definitely'', ''likely''<nowiki>*</nowiki>, ''obviously'', ''probably''
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<nowiki>*</nowiki>''likely'' is most often used as an [[adjective]] (''be likely to''). As an adverb, in [[British English]], it 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]].<ref>[http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/likely?showCookiePolicy=true "likely"] ''[[Collins Dictionaries]]''. Retrieved 10th October 2012.</ref><ref>[http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/likely?q=likely "likely"] ''[[Oxford Dictionaries]]''. Retrieved 10th October 2012.</ref>
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

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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

  • certainly, definitely, likely*, obviously, probably

*likely is most often used as an adjective (be likely to). As an adverb, in British English, it 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

  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.

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