Transition words for evaluation

English language is really a complex system of communication than other languages. In this blog, I am going to explain the correct use of transition words for evaluation. These words are also called evaluative adverbs.

Examples:- doubtlessly, undoubtedly, definitely, obviously, clearly, fortunately, unfortunately, honestly, hopefully, interestingly, frankly, kindly, fairly, generously, carelessly, bravely, seriously, unbelievably, probably, wisely, etc.

All the words are also used to pass comment or opinions for something. However, these adverbs are quite different from the adverbs expressing opinions.

Types of transition words expressing evaluation

According to the functions performed by these words, they are classified as words expressing attitude, judgement, and certainty.

To express attitude

•Fortunately  •honestly

•Hopefully   •interestingly

•Unbelievably  •surprisingly

•Seriously   •sadly

To describe the attitude of speakers for something, following adverbs adverbs are commonly used.

Examples in the sentence :–

•Seriously, I will not work with you nowonwards.

•Unbelievably, USA went for protective policies.

•Surprisingly, China liberated millions of people out of poverty in the last decade.

•Fortunately, the role of WTO is still relevant.

•Hopefully, the G-8 members are hinting to focus on green technology.

•Luckily, the incidents of armed conflicts are waninng day by day.

To express certainty

•Undoubtedly  •obviously

•Definitely   •doubtlessly

•Clearly   •probably

There are various words or adverbs which are used to indicate the specific degree of certainty. Here are some useful examples showing certainty.

•Probably, he would be the winner.

•Undoubtedly, they will not let us down.

•Definitely, today, the weather will be hot and humid.

•Clearly, they are going to form alliance.

To indicate judgement

•Carelessly   •generously

•Kindly     •fairly

•Rightly    •Wisely

For better understanding, here are some examples :-

•He bravely saved a man from the fire.

•Bravely, he suddenly jumped and rescued a child out of pool.

•Generously, she offered some food for needy.

•She generously offered some food for hungry.

•They carelessly threw a parcel of rubbish in the park.

•Carelessly, they threw a parcel of rubbish in the park.

Generally, transition words for evaluation are placed at the beginning, separated by comma. Sometimes, they are placed in middle or at the end as per the requirement of the context. But, in case of judgement, most of the time, these adverbs are placed after subject.

Transition words and phrases

Importance of transition words and phrases

Use of adverbs

Conjunctive adverbs

Understanding no sooner than

As soon as conjunction of time