The Adverbs are Where the Opinion Comes In

They give us a sense of how the speaker experiences time:

“… finally.”

“… still.”

“… already.”

They give us a sense of their expectations of others:

“I’ll bet you didn’t even …”

And of the way things usually go:

“… for some reason.” [adverbial prep phrase]

And of their opinions of themselves and others:

“I graciously accepted a phone call …”

“You barely even noticed.”

And of their attitude towards their own discourse:

“Well, basically, what happened was …”

7 thoughts on “The Adverbs are Where the Opinion Comes In

    1. Well, I understand the concern that they can lead to lazy writing, but they add so much color, especially in dialogue, and I think it’s never a good idea to blanket ban beginning writers from using any part of speech.

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