Category: A2

defining relative clause without a relative pronoun

Point 36 in CLAUSES/relative is defined as: defining relative clause, without a relative pronoun This is a hard structure to locate in corpora.  We can start by searching for: _NN _PP _VV 1 TIME IT TAKES 41863 2 INFORMATION YOU NEED Korean,Male,5,w Every system, such as ticketing, baggage checking, hotel booking and schedule changing is controlled by computers , and you can get information you need at nearby computers. *our grammar gets hidden by B1 […]

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LINKING ADVERBS / SUBORDINATING CONJUNCTIONS

Point 19 in A2 ADVERBS as modifiers is defined as: LINKING limited range of adverbs (‘also’, ‘so’, ‘however’) to show a relationship between two clauses or sentences. The EGP examples: I_PPIS1 also_RR bought_VVD ,_, so_CS I_PPIS1 decided_VVD However_RR ,_, the_AT clothes_NN2 were_VBDR cheap_JJ ._. This point partially overlaps point 11 in B1 CONJUNCTIONS/subordinating which is […]

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plural noun + -ES

Point 19 in NOUNS is defined as: plurals by adding ‘-es’ to countable nouns ending in ‘-o’, ‘-ch’, ‘-s’, ‘-sh’, ‘-x’ or ‘-z’. A search on iWeb for: *oes_N 1 SHOES 688509 2 HEROES 282618 PELIC STUDENT: Male,623,4,w Dressing up like super heroes is quite popular. *The above example is hidden by other grammar points.   3 POTATOES 225187 4 TOMATOES […]

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WILL (future simple)

In this post, we cover the hard-to-distinguish proficiency levels when using the future simple ‘will’.  Note that some of these overlap with ‘shall’ but we are not focussed on that here.  We also are not covering ‘will’ and something that is easier to formally differentiate the grammar point.  These points are doubled up on Future […]

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BE + adjective

Point 16 in ADJECTIVES/position is defined as: increasing range of adjectives predicatively, after ‘be’. A search on iWeb for _VB _JJ 1 BE SURE 833740 2 IS AVAILABLE 810530 3 ARE AVAILABLE 797442 4 IS IMPORTANT 780459 5 IS ONLY 690395 6 IS GOOD 427370 7 BE AVAILABLE 424771 8 IS GREAT 412719 9 IS […]

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