Frankly speaking

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Sometimes we want to share our attitudes to a topic we’re talking about. One way to do that is by using adverbs, which we can put in the beginning or ending of a sentence or before verbs.

Let’s look at some adverbs that describe our attitude:







We use frankly when we say something directly and honestly.

Sometimes, it can be offensive and/or disappointing.

Frankly, I don’t give a f**k about your problems.

I use basically when I only want to say the most important thing without going into details.

– What did they want you to help them with?

– Well, basically, they wanted to buy a new phone.


His job is basically chatting with customers. It’s nothing special.

We can use actually in the following cases:

1) When giving surprising or unexpected information.

Say No!

Actually, I don’t drink at all.

2) When we want to share our own, different opinion in a polite way.

– Jim is good at fixing things.

Changing a light bulb

– Actually, he’s not. He can’t even change a light bulb.

3) When we want to correct what someone said.

– Isn’t Tom in the hospital?

– Actually, Bill, he was in the hospital on Tuesday.

We use definitely when we’re 100% sure about something.


You know what he can do when he’s drunk. He is definitely not invited to our wedding.

Fortunately and unfortunately are used when you tell good or bad news.

Open sign

I needed to buy some tools so I took the bus to the city. Fortunately, I got to the store just before it closed.

Fixing a car

Unfortunately, his car broke down so he won’t pick us up from the airport.

Now, let’s practice these adverbs:

I’m working on my next video, but, unfortunately, the audio is very bad and I’ll have to rerecord it by Monday. Fortunately, I have an extra microphone so I don’t think it will be too hard for me to do (Fingers crossed).

What about you? What kind of news have you got to share with us? Feel free to leave a comment below. 🙂

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