An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (definitely)
a. por supuesto
I certainly would like to go, but I don't think I'll have time.Por supuesto que me gustaría ir, pero no creo que tenga tiempo.
b. sin duda
We're certainly going to have problems if we don't change our protocol.Sin duda vamos a tener problemas si no cambiamos nuestro protocolo.
c. desde luego
Why don't we go see a movie? There's certainly enough time.¿Por qué no vamos a ver una película? Desde luego hay bastante tiempo.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He's certainly nice, but he doesn't have much personality.Es cierto que es amable pero no tiene mucha personalidad.
That would certainly be worth considering.Es verdad que valdría la pena considerarlo.
e. con toda certeza
Your friends are certainly excited to attend your wedding.Con toda certeza, tus amigos están emocionados de asistir a tu boda.
f. ciertamente
It's certainly possible.Es ciertamente posible.
2. (in agreement)
a. claro
Do you want to come to that concert with me? - Certainly, I'm up for it!¿Me quieres acompañar a ese concierto? - ¡Claro, me apunto!
b. por supuesto
Should we order some fries? - Certainly!¿Pedimos unas patatas fritas? - ¡Por supuesto!
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (definitely)
a. por supuesto
certainly not!¡ni hablar!
she's certainly very clever, but…sin duda es muy lista, pero…
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certainly [ˈsɜːtənlɪ]
1 (undoubtedly) con toda certeza; sin duda alguna
if nothing is done there will certainly be an economic crisis si no se hace nada, con toda certeza or sin duda alguna se producirá una crisis económica; your answer is almost certainly right casi seguro que or casi con seguridad tu respuesta está bien; it is certainly true that ... desde luego es verdad or cierto que ...
2 (definitely)
something should certainly be done about that decididamente, deberían hacer algo al respecto; I will certainly get it finished by tomorrow definitivamente lo termino para mañana; it's certainly better desde luego es mucho mejor; this computer is certainly an improvement on the old one este ordenador es sin ninguna duda mejor que el antiguo; it certainly impressed me ya lo creo que me impresionó; I shall certainly be there no faltaré; seguro que estaré; you certainly did that well desde luego eso lo hiciste bien; I would certainly like to try desde luego (que) me gustaría probar
it's certainly beautiful, isn't it?
such groups most certainly exist esos grupos existen con toda seguridad
the meat is certainly tough From your medical history, it certainly does not mean that you are going to die next week Italians certainly seem to do it better
3 (in answer to questions, requests)
"could you give me a lift?" — "certainly!" —¿me podrías llevar? —¡claro (que sí)! or ¡por supuesto! or ¡faltaría más!; certainly madam! ¡con mucho gusto, señora!; ¡por supuesto, señora!; "wouldn't you agree?" — "oh, certainly" —¿estás de acuerdo? —sí, desde luego; "had you forgotten?" — "certainly not" —¿se le había olvidado? —por supuesto que no or claro que no; "would you ever eat snake?" — "certainly not!" —¿comerías serpiente? —¡qué va!; "will you accept his offer?" — "certainly not!" —¿vas a aceptar su oferta? —¡qué va! or ¡de ninguna manera!; "can I go on my own?" — "certainly not!" —¿puedo ir sola? —¡de eso nada! or ¡ni hablar!
4 (granted)
certainly, she has potential, but ... desde luego tiene posibilidades, pero ...; no hay duda de que tiene posibilidades, pero ...
it's certainly beautiful, but I just can't afford it it's certainly a good idea, but we don't have the time
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