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.

Viewpoint and Commenting Adverbs in the English Grammar

What Are Viewpoint and Commenting Adverbs?

Viewpoint and commenting adverbs are words that express the speaker's or writer's opinion or point of view about a particular situation, action, or idea. They are used to provide commentary or evaluation of what is being discussed, often to express agreement, disagreement, or uncertainty.

A viewpoint and commenting adverb (also called sentence adverbs) is an adverb that modifies the sentence as a whole, rather than modifying the verb. 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.

These adverbs indicate the attitude of the speaker to a particular situation.

Honestly, it doesn't matter.

Apparently, the firm is losing all the money.

Placement in Sentence

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 as well. Although it is not very common.

Unfortunately, we lost the game.

We arrived there on time, luckily.

Sentence adverbs are typically separated from the rest of the sentence by a comma. They can be placed before the main verb, except when the verb is 'to be', in which case the sentence adverb can be placed either before or after the verb. Pay attention to the examples:

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

A conjunctive adverb is typically used to join and modify two independent clauses, similar to a coordinating conjunction. However, a sentence adverb does not necessarily connect two clauses together. Compare the examples:

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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