Category: ellipsis

should (ellipsis)

Point 159 in MODALITY and ELLIPSIS is defined as: ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ without a following verb where the previous main verb is understood *click here for the interactive word tree of this grammar point. A search on iWeb for the cluster: * * * * should . B1 vocabulary: familiar, seriously, B2: efficiently function 1 […]

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used to (ellipsis)

Point 143 in MODALITY is defined as: ‘used to’ without a following verb where the previous main verb is understood. Interestingly, this grammar feature is often located with comparative clauses. A search for on NOW corpus for * * * * used to .|, *from these cluster searches we can put to the right the […]

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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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