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Viewpoint and Commenting Adverbs

Adverbs that help in expressing an individual’s viewpoint on an action or in making a comment on an action/situation are called viewpoint and commenting adverbs. These adverbs do not function as other normal adverbs because they do not give more information about how an action has occurred. In other terms, they modify complete clauses instead of only verb, adjective or another adverb.

There are many adverbs which can be commonly used as viewpoint as well as commenting adverbs. The following is the list of some of the viewpoint and commenting adverbs:

Clearly   Obviously  Personally   Presumably   Seriously
 Surely  Technically  Undoubtedly  Bravely  Carelessly
 Certainly  Cleverly  Definitely  Foolishly  Generously
 Stupidly  Kindly  Luckily  Fortunately  Naturally
 Wisely  Confidentially  Theoretically  Truthfully  Disappointingly
 Thoughtfully  Simply  Unbelievably  Unfortunately  Honestly
 Surprisingly  Ideally  Economically  Officially  Geographically

 

Uses of Viewpoint and Commenting Adverbs

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Based on the usage of the adverb, it is either termed as viewpoint or commenting adverb. 

1. Viewpoint adverbs: The adverbs that help in stating an opinion or viewpoint. These adverbs are usually placed at the beginning of the sentence and rarely placed at the end of the sentence. These adverbs are segregated from rest of the clause by a comma. 

Examples: 
  • Clearly, she is not aware of her situation at present. 
  • Undoubtedly, M.S.Dhoni is one of the best wicket keepers in the world. 
  • I bought the player for half the price in the sale today, luckily.

2. Commenting Adverbs: These adverbs help in adding comments to an action or situation. These adverbs are usually placed after the “be” form verb and before the main verb in the sentence.  

Examples:
  • Sophia is definitely going to win the basketball match today. 
  • I honestly don’t like people who demand dowry.
  • Mia is clearly spreading rumors about the new TV show.  

Some More Examples: 

1. Frankly, I think we can complete this work only by tomorrow. 
2. Fynn foolishly decided to leave his family for job. 
3. He fought with the lion, bravely. 
4. Obviously, the cake needs more time to bake.
5. My son is simply watching rhymes the whole day.
6. Certainly, she knows how to impress her parents. 
7. Mr. Francis will be generously distributing sweets to street children next Friday. 
8. Personally, I wanted to have a red and while combination wardrobes in the kitchen.
9. Barney stayed at home to take a nap, wisely. 
10. Naturally, all of us grow old someday. 
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