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Adverbials of probability

Level: beginner

We use adverbials of probability to show how certain we are about something. The commonest adverbials of probability are:

certainly definitely maybe possibly
clearly obviously  perhaps probably
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maybe and perhaps usually come at the beginning of the clause:

Perhaps the weather will be fine.
Maybe it won't rain.

Other adverbs of possibility usually come in front of the main verb:

He is certainly coming to the party.
Will they definitely be there?
We will possibly come to England next year.

or after the present simple or past simple of be

They are definitely at home.
She was obviously very surprised.

But these adverbs sometimes come at the beginning of a clause for emphasis:

Obviously she was very surprised.
Possibly we will come to England next year.

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Nobody is surrounding to me to speak English with me, even though I practice on own myself, I speak daily routine sentences but I don't understand, am I speaking in right way or not? is there any way to find that my sentences are correct or not?

Hello Amit,

I think the only way to really get correction for your speaking is to have a local teacher who can work with you.  However, remember that correction, while it can be helpful, is by no means essential when you are learning to speak (in contrast to, for example, write in) a language.  Most children learn to speak their first language with little or no correction from their parents.  Provided that you are, as you say, practising producing the language, and provided also that you have access to good models to listen to and emulate, you should be able to make progress even without correction.

Try to use the audio and video materials here on LearnEnglish as models.  Use the transcripts and try saying them aloud after you have listened to the original; then try saying them at the same time as listening so you can try to copy the speed and rhythm of the original version.

Best wishes and good luck!



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I got 155/155 I look forward to have same luck when I do the IELTS.

Hi English team  ,
I need your help !
My English is not good . especially bad in grammar . I have a question .
There are two sentences below  which one is right ?
I am lying in my bed !
I am lying on my bed !

Hi Dolphinzhu,
Your English seems quite good to me!
Both sentences are correct, but have slightly different meanings.
' my bed' (or 'in bed') means you are under the covers as if you were going to sleepl
'...on my bed' means that you are lying on top of the bed because, for example, you are reading a book, or just want a rest.
Hope that clarfies it for you::
Best wises,

wow . thanks very much for your explain . I understand now . I did not login this website for a long time . I should login everyday to learn english with you guys .

i scored 100%

i scored 155/155 thank you for this useful lessons

i scored 155 but this does not prove that we can write correctly.For example,i make writing mistakes in english.

Hi.. I'm a new member and glad to join. I want to practice my grammar. I click to the  grammar exercise but i can't fill in the blank. It has an instructions then i click start, but it won't start. Teacher pls help me.
Thank You.