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Adverbios útiles para Speaking y Writing

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¿Qué es un adverbio?

Pues una palabra que modifica un verbo, un adjetivo u otro adverbio, expresando manera, lugar, tiempo o grado; Aquí podéis ver algunos ejemplos.

  • Robin speaks loudly. (How does Robin speak?) –  Robin habla alto (tono de voz). ¿Cómo habla Robin?
  • Afterwards he smoked a cigarette. (When did he smoke?) – Después el fumó un cigarrillo. ¿Cuándo fumó?
  • Kate lives locally. (Where does Mary live?). Kate vive

Pero los adverbios también pueden modificar los adjetivos (Anne is really pretty – Anne es realmente hermosa), o incluso otros adverbios (Funciona muy bien). Mira estos ejemplos:

Modifica un adjetivo:
– Paul is really handsome. (How handsome is he?) – – Paul es muy guapo. (¿Como de guapo es él?)
– That was extremely kind of you. – Eso fue extremadamente amable de tu parte.

Modifica otro adverbio:
– She drives incredibly slowly. (How slowly does she drive?) – Conduce increíblemente despacio. (¿Qué tan lento conduce ella?)
– He drives extremely fast. – Conduce extremadamente rápido.

Asimismo, los adverbios tienen otra función también como:

Modificar una oración completa:
-Obviamente, no puedo saberlo todo.

Adverbios de Modo

Son los adjetivos a los que se le añaden -ly y modifican la acción del verbo. 

Adverbios de Grado

Puede modificar verbos, adjetivos y otros adverbios, y nos dice hasta qué punto sucede algo.
accidentally
angrily
anxiously
awkwardly -embarazosamente
badly
beautifully
blindly
boldly – valientemente
bravely
brightly
busily
calmly
carefully
carelessly
cautiously
cheerfully
clearly
closely
correctly
courageously
cruelly
daringly – osadamente
deliberately
doubtfully
eagerly
easily
elegantly
enormously
enthusiastically
equally
eventually
exactly
faithfully – fielmente
fast
fatally
fiercely
fondly
foolishly
fortunately
frankly
frantically
generously
gently
gladly
gracefully
greedily
happily 
hard
hastily
healthily
honestly
hungrily
hurriedly
inadequately
ingeniously
innocently
inquisitively
irritably
joyously
justly
kindly
lazily
loosely – flojamente
loudly
madly
mortally
mysteriously
neatly –con esmero
nervously
noisily
obediently
openly
painfully
patiently
perfectly
politely
poorly
powerfully
promptly –  inmediatamente
punctually
quickly
quietly
rapidly
rarely
really
recklessly – aturdidamente
regularly
reluctantly – de mala gana
repeatedly
rightfully
roughly – aproximadamente
rudely
sadly
safely
selfishly
sensibly
seriously
sharply
shyly
silently
sleepily
slowly
smoothly
so
softly
solemnly
speedily
stealthily – clandestinamente
sternly – severamente
straight
stupidly
successfully
suddenly
suspiciously
swiftly – rápidamente
tenderly – tiernamente
tensely
thoughtfully – pensativamente
tightly
truthfully
unexpectedly
victoriously
violently
vivaciously
warmly
weakly
wearily
well
wildly
wisely
almost
absolutely
awfully*
badly*
barely
completely
decidedly
deeply
enough
enormously
entirely
extremely
fairly
far
fully
greatly

hardly
highly
how
incredibly
indeed
intensely
just

least
less
little
lots
most
much

nearly

perfectly
positively
practically
pretty*
purely
quite

rather
really
scarcely – apenas
simply –
simplemente
so – asi que
somewhat – algo
strongly – fuertemente
terribly* –
terriblemente
thoroughly –
a fondo
too  –
también
totally –
totalmente
utterly –
absolutamente
very –
muy
virtually –
virtualmente
well –
bien

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Adverbios de Lugar

Modifica los verbos y nos dice el lugar (dónde) ocurre algo.

Adverbios de Tiempo
Modifica los verbos y nos dice cuando lago sucede.
about

  • above
  • abroad
  • anywhere
  • away

back

  • backwards (also backward)
  • behind
  • below

down

  • downstairs

east (etc)

  • elsewhere

far

here

in

  • indoors
  • inside

near
nearby
off
on
out
outside
over
there
towards
under
up
upstairs
wherere

Common suffixes

-wards or -ward (backwards, downwards, eastward, forwards, homewards, upwards) – expresan movimiemnto en una dirección especifica.

-where (anywhere, everywhere, nowhere, somewhere)

Ten en cuenta que algunos adverbios también pueden ser preposiciones. 

She was waiting with a red scarf on. (adverbio)

She put the red scarf on the table. (preposicion)

Points of time (definite)

  • now
  • then
  • today
  • tomorrow
  • tonight
  • yesterday

Frequency (definite)

  • annually
  • daily
  • fortnightly
  • hourly
  • monthly
  • nightly
  • quarterly
  • weekly
  • yearly

*The word bimonthly is ambiguous and best avoided. Bimonthly can mean “twice a month” or “every two months”. The same is true of biyearly and biannually.

Frequency (indefinite)

  • always
  • constantly
  • ever
  • frequently
  • generally
  • infrequently
  • never
  • normally
  • occasionally
  • often
  • rarely
  • regularly
  • seldom
  • sometimes
  • regularly
  • usually
relationships in time (indefinite)

  • already
  • before
  • early
  • earlier
  • eventually
  • finally
  • first
  • formerly
  • just
  • last
  • late
  • later
  • lately
  • next
  • previously
  • recently
  • since
  • soon
  • still
  • yet

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Bueno esta es una explicación más o menos concreta sobre los adverbios, qué tan útiles son para el Speaking  (habla) y Writing (escribir) también independientemente del nivel que se tenga.

Por último, os queremos dar “Mucho ánimo!¨ y Never give up! (Nunca os rindáis 😉

Cheers!

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¿Qué tal lleváis el otoño? ¿Contentos como en verano o menos? Esperamos que sí porque hay que estar contento y con ganas de Speaking of course. Por eso desde el Salón de Idiomas os traemos novedades, en este caso un bonito cuadro con expresiones útiles para el Speaking tanto si es one-to-one o monologo.

SHOW INTEREST IN THE TOPIC

  • Really?
  • That’s interesting!
  • Right!
  • I see
  • I can’t believe it!
  • Reply questions: I went to Paris – Did you?
  • Uh huh
  • As you said before, … (referring to what the other speaker said before shows you’ve been paying attention)

 

DIRECT THE CONVERSATION TOWARDS THE TOPIC

  • By the way,
  • Speaking of…
  • That reminds me of…

 

 

 

FILLERS

  • So,
  • You see, …
  • …, you see, …
  • You know,
  • I mean,
  • …, like,… (too informal)

 

CHECK THAT THEY’RE UNDERSTANDING YOU

 

  • Right?
  • OK?

 

KEEPING YOUR LISTENER ENGAGED

  • Rhetorical questions (questions you don’t really expect an answer for, you sort of answer them yourself):

What do I mean by that?  / Is smoking dangerous? Of course it is

  • As you very well know, …

 

LOOKING FOR AGREEMENT:

  • Don’t you think?
  • Question tags (Isn’t it, has it…)
  • You know what I mean,

 

GIVING THE FLOOR (turn to speak):

 

  • Don’t you think?
  • Question tags (Isn’t it, has it…)

 

AGREEING:

  • Absolutely
  • I see what you mean
  • I see your point
  • You have a point there.
  • Exactly
  • Definitely
  • I agree with you / him …
  •  I share your view… I think so.                                     
  • I really think so.
    (The author / the narrator / the protagonist / etc.) is  right 
  • He is quite right / absolutely right  
  •  He may be right.
    I have no objection. 
  •  I approve of it.    
  •  I have come to the same conclusion           
  •  I hold the same opinion.             
  •  We are of one mind / of the same mind on that question. 
  • I am at one with him on that point.
  •  It is true/ That is right.
  • That’s just it !  Fair enough!  Quite so ! Just so!   Yes of  course !

 

DISAGREEING

  • I see your point, but…
  • Your point is well taken, but …
  • I beg to differ
  • (I’m afraid) That’s not always the case
  • I don’t agree/  I disagree / I don’t think so.
  • You are / he is wrong /  I think otherwise
  •  I don’t think that’s quite right.
  • I don’t agree with you/him.    
  •  I don’t agree with what you say.      
  •  I am afraid that is not quite true.
  • I take a different view. 
  •  I don’t share his/her/your view.           
  • This argument does not hold water.
    Not at all ! Nonsens!    Rubbish !
  • He’s off his head !

 

SAYING “NO”

  • Not really, no (rather than a plain “no”)

ex. –Do you like football? –  Not really, no (instead of “noooo!”)

  • I don’t think so.

ex. Are you coming? – I don’t think so

GIVING OPINION:

  • Personally, I think this is a good question
  • I don’t know about you, but I …
  • I feel (strongly) that…
  • I (strongly) believe that…
  • It seems to me that…
  • I have the impression that…
  • I reckon…(informal)
  • Speaking from personal experience,
  • For me personally,

 

USEFUL EXPRESSIONS TO EXPRESS YOUR OPINION

 

In my opinion, …   In my eyes, …

To my mind, …  As far as I am concerned…  Speaking personally, …

From my point of view, …   As for me / As to me, …

My view / opinion / belief / impression / conviction is that …                                  

 I hold the view that …

I would say that …   It seems to me that …  I am of the opinion that …

My impression is that …                         

I am under the impression that …  It is my impression that

I have the feeling that …                        

 My own feeling on the subject is that …

I have no doubt that …                           

 I am sure / I am certain that …           

I think / consider / find / feel / believe / suppose / presume / assume that …

I hold the opinion that …  (I form / adopt an opinion.)                    

 I dare say that …

I guess that …  I bet that ….   I gather that …

It goes without saying that …                 

ASKING FOR THE OTHER SPEAKER’S OPINION:

  • How do you feel about…?
  • What’s your take on…?
  • Where do you stand on….?
  • What are your thoughts on this?
  • What do you reckon (informal)?

 

INTERRUPTING:

  • I’m sorry to interrupt, but…
  • Can I interrupt you just for a second (here)?

SUMMARISING:

  • In a nutshell,
  • To make a long story short

REPHRASING:

  • In other words,
  • …, that is to say, …

 

 
   

 

Giving Opinions

Elementary

 

  1. I (really) think that …
  2. I believe (that) …
  3. I’m sure that …
  4. In my opinion / My opinion is …

 

Pre-intermediate

  1. I agree with …
  2. I feel that …
  3. I guess/imagine …
  4. I have no doubt that / I’m certain that …
  5. I strongly believe that …
  6. I’ve never really thought about this before, but …
  7. My personal opinion is that / Personally, my opinion is that …
  8. To be honest / In my honest opinion, …

 

Intermediate

  1. As far as I know, …
  2. I agree with the opinion of …
  3. I could be wrong, but …
  4. I’d definitely say that …
  5. I’d guess/imagine that …
  6. I’d say that …
  7. I’m absolutely certain that …
  8. I’m fairly confident that …
  9. I’m no expert (on this), but …
  10. I’m positive that …
  11. I’m pretty sure that …
  12. It seems to me that …
  13. It’s a complicated/difficult issue, but …
  14. My (point of) view (on this) is …
  15. Obviously, …
  16. Some people may disagree with me, but …
  17. This is just my opinion, but …
  18. Without a doubt, …
  19. You probably won’t agree, but …

 

Upper-intermediate

  1. After much thought, …
  2. After weighing up both sides of the argument, …
  3. Although I can see both points of view / Although I can understand the opposite point of view, …
  4. As I see it, …
  5. Correct me if I’m wrong, but …
  6. For me/ From my point of view, …
  7. Frankly, …
  8. I am not very familiar with this topic, but …
  9. I do believe/ feel/think …
  10. I have come to the conclusion that …
  11. I might change my mind later, but …
  12. I reckon/suppose …
  13. I tend to think that …
  14. I’m not sure I’m the right person to ask, but / I have very limited experience of this, but …
  15. I’m pretty confident that …
  16. I’ve always thought that …
  17. If you ask me, …
  18. I’m (absolutely) convinced that …
  19. In my humble opinion / IMHO, …
  20. It could be said that …
  21. It seems clear to me that …
  22. It would seem to me that …
  23. My initial reaction is …
  24. Not everyone will/would agree with me, but …
  25. Personally speaking / Speaking for myself, …
  26. The way I see it (is) …
  27. To be (perfectly) frank, …
  28. To the best of my knowledge, …
  29. What I think is …
  30. You could say …

 

Advanced

  1. After giving this matter some (serious) thought, …
  2. As far as I’m concerned, …
  3. As the old saying goes, …
  4. Having given this question due consideration, …
  5. I am of the opinion that …
  6. I can’t help thinking that …
  7. I know this is a minority view, but / I’m in the minority in thinking that …
  8. I tend towards the opinion that …
  9. I think it’s fair/reasonable to say …
  10. I’ll tell you what I think, …
  11. I’m entirely/quite convinced that …
  12. I’ve come the conclusion that …
  13. If I must come up with an opinion / If you (really) want my opinion, …
  14. In my limited experience, …
  15. It could/might well be that …
  16. Know what I think? …
  17. My opinion was best expressed by … when s/he said/wrote …
  18. My view/position on this (issue) (is clear and) is that …
  19. Off the top of my head, …
  20. Plainly, …
  21. Quite frankly, …
  22. There is a part of me that says …
  23. This may well be controversial, but …
  24. To my mind / To my way of thinking, …
  25. To summarise my (rather complex) views on the matter, …
  26. What I always say is …
  27. With some reservations, …
  28. Without a shred/shadow of doubt, …
  29. You’d have to be crazy not to agree that / Any idiot can see that …

 

 

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