Comment 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.