adverb RESPONSE TOKENS

When you ‘listen’ to someone speaking in a conversation, you can respond with short phrases that add to the conversation. These utterances carry information and sometimes a single word like an adverb is all you might say.


C2 point 224 in the category of MODALITY/adverbs is defined:

adverbs expressing certainty as short responses


Here is a list of the most frequent one word (adverb) responses to questions.

This list came from a search in the iWeb corpus, and then it had manual removal of any adverbs that clearly have no possibility of being related to certainty.  To some degree being related to certaintity requires context.

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*not all are to do with certainty.

1 ? ABSOLUTELY. 7012

Do I find identity and comfort in this realization? Sure. Now, do I envy and hate all you truly creative people? Absolutely.

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*In the above example it is a rhetorical question answer by the same person.  Also, note ‘sure’ is an adjective, but it still is a short response token that refers to certainty.


2 ? MAYBE. 5786

Are they unquestionably, and undeniably stupid? Maybe.

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3 ? SURE . 5764
4 ? PROBABLY . 2954
5 ? PERHAPS . 2500
6 ? HARDLY . 1647
9 ? DEFINITELY . 1412 (the EGP example)
10 ? POSSIBLY . 1326
15 ? EXACTLY . 959
17 ? CERTAINLY . 852
18 ? SERIOUSLY . 774
22 ? REALLY . 312
24 ? INDEED . 250
26 ? UNDOUBTEDLY . 180
27 ? TOTALLY . 171
31 ? OBVIOUSLY . 141
35 ? APPARENTLY . 85
41 ? POTENTIALLY . 65
43 ? NATURALLY . 58
44 ? SOMEWHAT . 55
45 ? KINDA . 54
47 ? SURELY . 48
48 ? MOSTLY . 45
51 ? COMPLETELY . 41
57 ? PRECISELY . 36
59 ? LITERALLY . 35
62 ? EXTREMELY . 32
65 ? UNQUESTIONABLY . 31
67 ? PARTLY . 27
68 ? QUITE . 27
70 ? BARELY . 25
77 ? CLEARLY . 19
78 ? EVENTUALLY . 19
81 ? ARGUABLY . 17
82 ? JUST . 17
83 ? PARTIALLY . 16
87 ? UNDENIABLY . 14
88 ? SLIGHTLY . 14


C1 adverbs:

partially, respectively, somewhat, unquestionably

C2:
undeniably