"Unfortunately" - what part of the speech?

Lyudmila Fedotova
Lyudmila Fedotova
September 8, 2014
"Unfortunately" - what part of the speech?

The Russian language is so rich that sometimes questions arise which part of a word is a word, in particular, the phrase “unfortunately” attracts a lot of attention. Most linguists agree that "unfortunately" is a noun in the dative case, used with the preposition:

  • Negligence led to misfortune.

However, there is another point of view. “Unfortunately” is a nominal introductory word that is separated by commas in the sentence:

  • Unfortunately, I was not able to visit Paris.