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Use adverbs during Speaking to prepare your patients for the future

OET Nurse with a patient

An adverb is a type of word that allows you to modify a verb. They’re great for doctors, users and other healthcare professionals when speaking as they can convey further meaning and add context to a sentence.

During the role play, using an adverb can help you tell the interlocutor what is coming next.

Use an adverb when speaking

Adverbs can be used to modify sentences to give a general feeling about the information within it.

Take a look at this example:

  • “Interestingly, adverbs are not something many candidates feel confident about.”

The use of ‘interestingly’ at the start of the sentence tells us how the writer or speaker feels. Alternatively, if the writer or speaker found something to feel regret over, they would have used regrettably or if they felt frustrated with adverbs they would have used ‘frustratingly’.

Adverbs are super useful when speaking to patients as they give them an understanding about what is coming next. They can prepare them for good news, bad news etc.

Take the quiz!

Can you complete these sentences with the correct sentence adverbs? Choose from: unfortunately, hopefully, happily, generally, honestly.


  1. ____________, I can give you a quick diagnosis by completing a urine dipstick test.
  2. ____________, I think it’s unlikely that the consultant will be able to see you next week, but I can check if she has a cancellation.
  3. ____________, I’ve noticed a mole on the back of your leg. I’d like to book you in for a biopsy.
  4. ____________, most patients don’t experience any negative side effects from this medication.
  5. ____________, the itching will reduce in the next 24-48 hours which will give you some relief but if not, please come back.

If you want to test your knowledge of the English language, make sure you check out other language quizzes on the OET Preparation Blog. You will also find articles, blogs and whitepapers