What are adverbs of affirmation and negation? And how should you use them in a sentence? Let’s find out.
In order to understand what an adverb of affirmation is, we must first have a quick review of what an adverb is.
There are different categories of adverbs to describe different things, but in the end, they all do the same thing: provide more information.
Going by the above definition of an adverb, then what is an adverb of affirmation? Well, it’s pretty simple, really;
Here are some examples of adverbs of affirmation:
So one way you might use one of these adverbs is to confirm that something is or was happening or is happening now.
The lesson has undoubtedly already started.
Or you might use one to affirm that you really do enjoy a certain activity.
I absolutely love playing football.
Or you can simply use it to answer a question in the affirmative:
Yes, that is correct.
Adverbs of negation are very similar to adverbs of affirmation, except they are used to negate a statement instead of confirming it.
Here are some examples of adverbs of negation:
Imagine, for instance, that you want to say it’s very rare that you go out at night. You might say:
I seldom leave my house in the evenings.
Or if you disagree with what someone has said, you could say:
I can hardly agree with that.
And similarly to the earlier ‘yes’ example, you could simply use the adverb of negation ‘no’ to respond to a question.
No, we haven’t arrived yet.
It’s worth noting that you can also use adverbs of affirmation to make a negative statement.
I absolutely hate rainy weather.
I’m definitely never going back there again.
That was truly my worst vacation ever.
Now let’s take a look at some examples of sentences that contain adverbs of affirmation and negation.
This floor has never been swept!
We definitely don’t have the right setup here.
I am truly sorry for what happened.
You’re absolutely going to win the election.
Are you one hundred percent sure you don’t know where he is?
There aren’t any predicates in a phrase.
I’ll certainly check it out sometime.
Well, that concludes this short article on adverbs of affirmation and negation. I hope you found this article helpful and that the concept seems simple enough.
Here’s what we’ve learned:
If you found this article helpful, check out our others on our Grammar Rules blog.