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Adverbs of Attitude List, Definition and Examples

by Stélio Inácio

Adverbs of Attitude Definition

Refer to the person’s ATTITUDE towards the sentence. Is he happy or sad? We use attitude adverbs to convey that information.


List of Attitude Adverbs

  • frankly
  • clearly
  • obviously
  • naturally
  • fortunately
  • hopefully
  • really
  • surprisingly
  • astonishingly
  • apparently


Examples of Attitude Adverbs in Sentences

Their position is quite flexible since they can occur at the beginning and the end of a clause as well as immediately before the verb and before a complement:

  • Clearly, he doesn’t know what he is doing
  • Unfortunately, there is no more room
  • Frankly , I don’t think we’ll win.
  • I don’t think we’ll win, frankly.
  • He obviously doesn’t want to come.
  • She’s apparently the best person for the job.

Most adverbs of attitude can also function as adverbs of manner; it depends on how the adverb is used in a sentence and how it is spoken. The examples should help.

  • Clearly, it’s a question of choice. (attitude – it’s obvious that…)
  • I can see him quite clearly (manner – there is no obstruction)
  • Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn. (attitude)
  • I would like to speak to you frankly. (manner)

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