Month: July 2020

Be able allowed to

Point 99 in Modality and expressions with be is defined as: a limited range of expressions with ‘be’ + infinitive (‘be allowed to’, ‘be supposed to’, ‘be able to’) with present and past forms of ‘be’ and with modal ‘will’ ‘Supposed’ overlaps in B2 also. There is also some overlap with 106 in Modality ‘Plan’. […]

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need not

Point 126 in the category of MODALITY is: need NEGATIVE iWeb search for need _x _vvi* 1 NEED NOT WORRY 3770 2 NEED NOT APPLY 2083   Observer Prince William and Kate Could Be Your New Norfolk Neighbors All of the properties are offered unfurnished, and feline lovers need not apply, as there’s a strict […]

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ought negative

There are three negative points in Modality that are quite rare. Point 215 is defined as: negative form ‘ought not to’ Point 226: CONTRACTED NEGATIVE ‘oughtn’t’ (without ‘to’) + verb Point 235 ‘ought’ + subject + ‘not to’ + verb to form (rhetorical) questions, often in formal contexts. *Point 35 in the category of QUESTIONS […]

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really ought to

Point 180 in the category of MODALITY is defined as: ‘ought to’ with ‘really’ to add emphasis. A search on iWeb for clusters with lexical verbs: 1 REALLY OUGHT TO KNOW 254 2 REALLY OUGHT TO GET 136 3 REALLY OUGHT TO GO 76 4 REALLY OUGHT TO CONSIDER 75   Golf Channel Why ‘The […]

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There ought to be

Point 192 in the category of MODALITY is defined as: ‘THERE OUGHT TO BE” to talk about desired states of affairs. iWeb search for * * * 1 THERE OUGHT TO BE A WAY TO 66 2 THERE OUGHT TO BE A LAW AGAINST 33   Daily Mail SARAH VINE: Hurrah for Carole Middleton! But […]

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ought to (ellipsis)

Point 145 in the category of MODALITY and ELLIPSIS is defined as: ‘ought to’ without a following verb where the previous main verb is understood. There is an important note in the comments section of the EGP: This is a very low-frequency form in both the learner and native speaker data. A search for collocates […]

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