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Adverbs Vocabulary: Surprisingly good Stones song

Check out all the adverbs highlighted in bold (and explained in the glossary). Imagine how the article would read without them: adverbs add colour, flavour and readability to a piece. Remember that when you are writing in your next English exam - using adverbs results in better English scores!   The Rolling Stones have released a new single for the first time in a long time! Predictably, the single is promoting yet another version of their Greatest Hits. Surpisingly though, the song is quite good! Yes, it's very Stones-y, but as everyone knows by now The Stones' motto is clearly, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". The astonishingly ancient Stones (with a combined age of 273) definitely sound like they are really working hard to try to recapture the spirit that earned them the 'World's Greatest Rock Band' moniker. It was incredibly nice of The Stones to consider the SGI English students and subtitle their video all the way through with the lyrics! Yay - Stones-tastic singalong time!  

  Inevitably, along with the greatest hits package, The Stones are enthusiastically celebrating their 50th anniversary with a comeback/celebration tour. Here's a cleverly put together promotional video of the boys attempting to make even more money -  

  Before the whole tour is announced, The Stones will be playing 4 'teaser' shows in London and New York. Unfortunately, the ticket prices for these mean that a normal Stones fan probably won't be able to see their idols. Unsurprisingly, Mick and the boys are unashamedly cashing-in for what might be their last ever tour - a front row ticket will cost you an eye-watering £1,140. Even a seat 'up-in-the-Gods' at the O2 Centre in London will cost you £106. Considering that The Stones only got paid £5 each (£88 in today's money) for their first ever show at The Marquee London Club on Oxford Street (just around the corner from SGI) on 11 July, 1962, can they justifiably charge that much for a ticket to see a concert? In view of the fact that The Stones will be paid around £16 million for four shows, wouldn't it have been nice of them to to show a little generosity and just take 8 million and put on 2 shows for free?    

ADVERBS

Predictably
anyone could know this news in advance
yet
still, even (used to emphasise repetition)
surprisingly
not expected
quite
to a significant amount
clearly
obviously
astonishingly
amazing, impressive
definitely
without doubt
really
used here to express strength or seriousness
incredibly
to a large amount
inevitably
certain to happen, predicatable
enthusiastically
showing lots of enjoyment or interest
cleverly
showing skill or intelligence
unfortunately
sadly, unhappily, regrettably
probably
almost certain/sure
unsurprisingly
not unexpected
unashamedly
acting openly without any embarrassment
justifiably
to be right, reasonable or defendable

   

Useful Vocabulary

motto
a short phrase that contains your beliefs
if it ain't broke, don't fix it
sth wroks well so don't change it
teaser
a short advertisement for a product (commonly used in the film world) to generate excitement
cashing in
making as much money as possible
eye-watering
sth so expensive that it makes you cry
up in the Gods
a seat in a stadium/concert hall very high up and far away from the action/stage

   

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