Viewpoint and Commenting Adverbs

A viewpoint and commenting adverbs is a type of adverb that modifies a sentence as a whole. In this lesson, we will discuss it in detail.

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Viewpoint and Commenting Adverbs in the English Grammar

What Are Viewpoint and Commenting Adverbs?

Viewpoint and Commenting Adverb (also called sentence adverbs) is an adverb that modifies the sentence as a whole.

Take a look at some examples:

You need to listen very carefully to my words.

In this sentence, 'carefully' is an adverb modifying the verb 'listen.'

Thankfully, I managed to get the affirmative answer from her.

In this sentence, the adverb 'thankfully' applies to the entire sentence and not just the verb.

Sentence adverbs act like you are stating a comment. They indicate the attitude of the speaker to a particular situation.

Honestly, it doesn't matter.

Apparently, the firm is losing all the money.

Sentence Placement

Sentence adverbs are usually placed at the beginning of the sentence. But since they are adverbs, they can be placed at the end of the sentences, too. Although it is not very common.

Unfortunately, we lost the game.

We arrived there on time, luckily.

They are usually separated from the rest of the sentence by a comma. Sentence adverbs can be placed before the main verb unless the verb is 'to be', in which case we can put the sentence adverb either before or after the verb.

I seriously can't go on like this.

You definitely are cute.

You are definitely cute.

Common Sentence Adverbs

Common sentence adverbs include:

  • Obviously
  • Seriously
  • Personally
  • Technically
  • Kindly
  • Fortunately
  • Naturally
  • Theoretically
  • Unfortunately
  • Honestly

Take a look at some more examples:

Theoretically, Martha is the host, but I think it's Martin who's running the party.

Technically, the two countries are still at war.

Sentence Adverbs vs. Conjunctive Adverbs

Typically, a conjunctive adverb is used to modify two independent clauses and join them together. It is more like a coordinating conjunction. But, a sentence adverb does not necessarily join two clauses together.

Jimmy kept talking in the meeting; therefore, he was not paying attention. → Conjunctive Adverb

Unbelievably, they showed up late again. → Sentence Adverb

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