adverb (hedging | emphasis)

Point 24 in MODALITY is defined as:

adverbs in mid position or after main verb ‘be’, to modify an assertion, either through hedging or emphasis


For example:

should probably start by looking at the bottom of the river.

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*side note, ‘at the bottom of the‘ is the 8th most frequent 5-word Ngram in English.

iWeb 129,473


An iWeb search using the adverbs found in the EGP examples:

_V probably|definitely *

1 IS PROBABLY THE 101355

Thai,Male,5,w

On the other hand, the lack of these qualities is probably the cause of many problems we have with other people.


2 WILL PROBABLY BE 60726
3 WOULD PROBABLY BE 47283
4 IS DEFINITELY A 44545


5 WILL DEFINITELY BE 39584

Female,4,w

At first, you may think that it was not a good idea to take this class, but soon you will definitely be sure that this is the class just for you.


6 IS PROBABLY A 33147
7 IS PROBABLY NOT 25022
8 WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND 24647
9 WAS PROBABLY THE 24136
10 IS DEFINITELY NOT 21479
11 IS DEFINITELY THE 20901
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21 IS DEFINITELY WORTH 12332
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23 ‘LL PROBABLY BE 12083
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35 WILL PROBABLY NEVER 7556
36 WILL PROBABLY GET 7542
37 IS DEFINITELY AN 7377
38 ‘LL PROBABLY HAVE 7200
39 WILL DEFINITELY USE 6988
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42 WILL PROBABLY WANT 6446
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45 ‘LL DEFINITELY BE 6178
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55 WILL DEFINITELY HELP 4971
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66 ‘LL PROBABLY GET 4397
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74 WAS PROBABLY ONE 4149
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86 COULD PROBABLY GET 3833
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97 WILL DEFINITELY RECOMMEND 3474
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99 IS PROBABLY TOO 3315
100 HAS DEFINITELY BEEN 3247