IELTS Vocabulary: Adverbial phrases in speaking

IELTS speakingComment adverbials and set phrases for a higher speaking score.

Updated: December 2023.

In the IELTS speaking exam you will be judged on the range and accuracy of your vocabulary, so having a wide range of expressions helps your score. Native speakers use comment adverbials a lot and it is common when speaking in a casual informal way (sometimes they can be formal).

Comment adverbials are a good way to show emphasis that something is surprising, true, disappointing, coincidental, unbelievable, fortunate, or unfortunate.

Key point: These are mainly used in speaking, but in IELTS writing they would look too informal.

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