Adverbs of certainty indicate how certain or sure we feel about an action. They are usually placed before the main verb unless it is a "be" verb (is/am/are). Adverbs of certainty go after "be" verbs.
In sentences with "be" verbs (is, am, are), adverbs of certainty are placed after the "be" verb.
With regular verbs, adverbs of certainty are placed before the verb.
Adverbs of certainty can be used with other types of verbs such as auxiliary verbs or helping verbs. Auxiliary verbs are used with main verbs. Most common auxiliary verbs are "be, do, have" verbs.
Sometimes adverbs of certainty can be placed at the beginning of a sentence.
Directions: Select the correct sentence.
1) a. She definitely needs help with her homework.
b. She needs definitely help with her homework.
2) a. He is not coming probably.
b. He is probably not coming.
3) a. They are certainly hoping for a miracle.
b. They are hoping certainly for a miracle.
4) a. John is the best undoubtedly swimmer on the team.
b. John is undoubtedly the best swimmer on the team.
5) a. Jane surely remembers the incident.
b. Jane remembers surely the incident.
Directions: Choose the correct answer.
1) (Saying without a doubt) _______________, Mark is the best player on the team.
2) (Being certain) _______________, I am quitting this terrible job.
3) (Thinking most likely) _______________, she is not sure what to do next.
4) (Thinking something is true) _______________, you do not mean what you say.
5) (Best adverb for this sentence) _______________, you have to be kidding me!
Quiz 1 Answers
Quiz 2 Answers
1) a. Undoubtedly
2) b. Certainly
3) a. Probably
4) a. Surely
5) d. Surely