Grammar GuideAdverbsWhy should you omit "certainly" in a sentence?

Why should you omit "certainly" in a sentence?

Why should you omit "certainly" in a sentence?

More often that not, you can remove the phrases certainly and almost certainly from your work. Your writing will be clearer and more concise without them.

Example 1

  • Original: I certainly didn't think those young boys should be out so late.
  • Rewrite: I didn't think those young boys should be out so late.

Example 2

  • Original: It's almost certainly time for dinner.
  • Rewrite: It's time for dinner.