The word "unfortunately" is an adverb that we use when an action or a situation is not good, or we feel sorry that something has happened. It’s often used as a transition when going from one sentence to another:
- Lewis would like to stay home today; unfortunately, he has to go to work.
- Helen is a great worker, and she’s very enthusiastic about what she does. Unfortunately, the company she works for has to lay her off because business is down.
- There are, unfortunately, very few days left for us to be together.
- We need to get a new refrigerator. Unfortunately, we can’t afford it right now.
- Pedro was going to go to the park and play baseball with his friends, but unfortunately it’s raining.
He wants to go to school today; unfortunately, he’s sick.
If you drop the "ly" ending, this word becomes an adjective:
- This is a very unfortunate situation.
- It’s unfortunate that they can’t come to our party.
- Donna had a very unfortunate accident and lost some of her vision.
- We heard about the fire. How unfortunate!
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This page was first published on January 30, 2012.