Category: possessive

OURS

In the EGP, there are several points in the category of PRONOUNS with the possessive pronoun ‘ours’: C1 Point 101: … in subject position B2 Point 72: … with singular and plural reference, in subject position. B2 Point 86 is the same except: … in object positions, and complement positions after ‘be’ and after prepositions. […]

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NOUN ‘S + ADJECTIVE

What does ‘s mean between a noun and an adjective? It is always a genetive marker. It shows possession.   WORLD (NN1) ‘S (GE) LARGEST (JJT)   WORLD (NN1) ‘S (GE) LEADING (JJ_VVG)   WORLD (NN1) ‘S (GE) BEST (JJT)   WORLD (NN1) ‘S (GE) BIGGEST (JJT)   NATION (NN1) ‘S (GE) LARGEST (JJT)   WORLD (NN1) ‘S (GE) GREATEST (JJT) […]

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What does ‘s mean?

‘s firstly following proper noun as a possessive marker, or contracted ‘is‘. Then it could be ‘has‘ or the second part of a modal: ‘Let‘s go!’ 1 ‘S (GE) 36030994 genetive 2 ‘S (VBZ) 24517319 is 5 ‘S (VHZ) 1063909 has 7 ‘S (VM22) 864498 ‘let’s not’ is B2 If we look at large Ngrams […]

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their GENERIC

The use of ‘their’ is confusing to give level to, because there is differing information between the English Vocabulary and Grammar Profiles, and secondly the uses are hard to locate in corpora automatically. At B2, Point 58 in the category of DETERMINERS & possessive is defined as: GENERIC ‘THEIR’ before nouns to refer to a […]

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