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Why to use adverbs in IELTS?

We use adverbs in IELTS to modify or give extra information about verbs, adjectives, other words or whole clauses. If you want to make your IELTS Writing/Speaking Tasks look more academic and professional then you should start to use various adverbs and expressions to introduce ideas in your sentences.

Adverbs add meaning and accuracy to what you say (and as a result of this, they make what you say more interesting.) Using adverbs at the beginning of a sentence can express a lot of meaning in one word and it is good cohesion (language that has linkages of meaning) because it helps the listener (or reader) to follow what you are going to say next.

Now, let’s see some examples.

Where to use adverbs?

We use adverbs in Task 1, Task 2, and Speaking module of  IELTS test.

Expressing Feeling(Speaking) :-

Amazingly, Sadly,  
Astonishingly, Seriously,
Curiously, Strangely,
Disappointingly,                    Surprisingly,
Fortunately, Thankfully,


(Be careful – overused and sometimes incorrectly used.)

Happily, Unbelievably,
Hopefully, Unfortunately,
Luckily, Unluckily,

Expressing Personal Opinion or Judgment(Speaking, Writing)

Admittedly, Miraculously,
Allegedly, Mysteriously,
Apparently, Naturally,
Appropriately, Obviously,
Clearly, Paradoxically,
Conveniently, Personally,
Foolishly, Plainly,
Ideally, Presumably,
Importantly, Remarkably,
Incredibly, Superficially,
Inevitably, Undeniably,
Inexplicably, Undoubtedly,
Interestingly, Unjustly,
Ironically, Unnaturally,

Expressing a Logical Idea(Speaking, Writing)

Accordingly, Hypothetically,  
Actually, Immediately,  
Additionally, Incidentally,  
Alternatively, Lastly,
Basically, Logically,
Certainly, Officially,
Characteristically, Possibly,
Coincidentally, Potentially,
Conceivably, Predictably,
Consequently, Previously,
Consistently, Probably,
Conversely, Realistically,
Correctly, Roughly (speaking),
Definitely, Secondly,
Equally, Significantly,
Essentially, Similarly,
Eventually, Specifically,
Evidently, Subsequently,
Finally, Supposedly,
Firstly, Technically (speaking),
Fundamentally, Theoretically,
Generally, Typically,


To show a dramatic turn of an effect/event(Speaking, Writing)


Arrogantly, Proudly,
Carelessly, Reluctantly,
Casually, Sensibly,
Childishly, Unexpectedly,
Courageously, Unwillingly,
Cunningly, Wisely,


To indicate the area where a situation exists(Speaking, Wrting)


Globally, Locally,
Internationally, Nationally,


Adverbs of manner(Speaking, Writing)


abruptly professionally
carefully rapidly
carelessly simply
closely softly
dramatically steadily
distinctly steeply
easily strangely
explicitly superbly
formally thickly
frankly thoroughly
patiently urgently
plainly vividly
politely voluntarily

TO show degree(Speaking, Writing)


absolutely purely
approximately quite
completely radically
considerably really
drastically reasonably
entirely roughly
extensively scarcely
extremely seemingly
fairly simply
fully simply
greatly sincerely
gradually slightly
hardly somewhat
largely strongly
nearly thoroughly
noticeably totally
outright tremendously
partly truly
poorly utterly
positively very
powerfully virtually
pretty well


To  Focus on the Most Relevant Thing, or Restrict(Speaking, Writing)



alone particularly
chiefly predominantly
especially primarily
exclusively principally
just purely
mainly simply
mostly solely
notably specially
only specifically

To show frequency(Speaking, Writing)

always occasionally
constantly often
continually periodically
continuously rarely
ever regularly
frequently repeatedly
from time to time seldom
hardly ever sometimes
infrequently sporadically
never usually



To show level of Certainty(Speaking, Writing)


It is suggested to use at least two to three adverbs in your answer of each task/ part of your writing and speaking exam.

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