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yourselves

Point 75 in the category of PRONOUNS is defined as: the plural reflexive pronoun ‘yourselves’ for politeness. It is odd that a search for ‘yourselves’ produces no results on the EVP. The singular versions do exist however. yourself pronoun PERSON/PEOPLE ADDRESSED A2 yourself pronoun EMPHASIS B2 yourself pronoun PEOPLE GENERALLY B2   A search for collocations with ‘yourselves’ on iWeb: (does not mean the […]

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in itself

Point 74 in the category of PRONOUNS & reflexive is defined as: the fixed expression ‘in itself’ as an intensifier . An iWeb corpus investigation for collocations 4 spaces to the left and right and the B1 vocabulary that collocates with this is in red: 1 END 3908 2 ART 1437 CHALLENGE    THE WEEK […]

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THESE | THOSE ONES

Point 73 in the category of PRONOUNS is defined as: ‘these ones’, ‘those ones’ as a substitute for plural countable nouns which have already been mentioned or are obvious from the context. A look for * * these|those ones * * in the iWeb corpus: 1 ONE OF THOSE ONES WHERE YOU 29   The […]

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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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pronouns (gender neutral)

Point 68 in the category of PRONOUNS is defined as: ‘he/she’, ‘he’ or ‘she’ or ‘they’ to refer back to gender neutral singular nouns or indefinite pronouns when we are not sure of the gender. Unfortunately these are incredibly hard to locate in corpora due to the punctuation or many other combinations within the clusters.  […]

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present simple (takes place)

Point 31 in the category of PRESENT is defined as: Present simple, STORIES AND COMMENTARIES, to summarise events or plot in a story or piece of history, often to give immediate dramatic interest. This usage is not really something that can be easily located in Corpora.  However, both example sentences in the EGP contain ‘takes […]

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