March 28th, 2010
Commentary Adjectives and Adverbs is a category of presupposition where in your commentary is in the foreground and what is being presupposed tends to be accepted. Like in the sentence, “Luckily, the coach really understands the zone defense,” it is more likely you’d question how lucky it is that the coach understands the zone defense, rather than whether or not he does actually understand.
Here are some commentary adverbs: fortunately, happily, necessarily, remarkably.
Fortunately, even learning one pattern makes you a better communicator.
Happily, Doug O’Brien’s blog is the place to learn this stuff.
Remarkably, some people reading this sentence won’t have read the previous one.
Here are some commentary adjectives: lucky, fortunate, great, super, painful.
It’s great that when you learn and practice new things, you grow as a human being.
How fortunate we are are to be able to read Doug O’Brien’s blog.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A couple of months ago some one showed me that these language patterns posts were finding their way - without permission or acknowledgement - onto an NLP web site that shall not be named. Since then I’ve added some playful mentions of Doug O’Brien’s Blog in the examples to make them harder to steal. I hope you’ll pardon my doing so.