|A special subclass of adverbs
includes a set of words beginning with wh-. The most common are
when, where, and why, though the set also includes whence,
whereby, wherein, and whereupon. To this set we add the word
how, and we refer to the whole set as WH- ADVERBS. Some members
of the set can introduce an interrogative sentence:
They can also introduce various types of clause:
When are you going
to New York?
Where did you leave
Why did he resign?
How did you become
interested in theatre?
This is the town where
Shakespeare was born
I've no idea how
We conclude by looking at a set of adverbs
which qualify a whole sentence, and not just a part of it. Consider the
Here the sentence adverb honestly modifies
the whole sentence, and it expresses the speaker's opinion about what is
being said (When I say it doesn't matter, I am speaking honestly).
Here are some more examples:
Honestly, it doesn't
Some sentence adverbs link a sentence with
a preceding one:
Clearly, he has no
excuse for such behaviour
Frankly, I don't
care about your problems
refunds can be given
Other sentence adverbs of this type are accordingly,
consequently, hence, moreover, similarly, and therefore.
England played well in the
first half. However, in the second half their weaknesses were revealed.
The Survey of English Usage 1996-1998
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