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 […]
In this post, we cover 6 points dealing with ‘should’ across A2 and B1 by examining the English Grammar Profile examples for formal similarities that might help us identify complexity in corpora. A2 can be summarised as: you|we should _VVI and the infinitives are all A1. For B1 it is more complex. We started by […]
Point 28 in QUESTIONS is defined as: affirmative or negative tag after an imperative clause to soften the imperative. *Some examples don’t seem to soften but instead add a touch of sarcasm. iWeb doesn’t allow searching for such a complex string. We can start with getting , _vm _p ? 1 , SHALL WE? 8052 […]
The featured image above shows the multiple proficiency levels that this modal verb is associated with the English Grammar Profile. The very formal nature of this modal verb can be easily seen with a search for collates 5 sides left and right of “shall” in the NOW corpus: 1 BE (VBI ) 211652 2 LAW […]
This is a place holder for duplicate entries in the EGP. Both entries use the same example sentences too. There is little difference except that the use is added to the second. 147 MODALITY must B2 QUESTION form. 161 MODALITY must B2 USE: to ask about obligation and necessity.
These are the 12 adverbs I would teach with “must” to advanced students: correctly, either, generally, somehow, therefore, constantly, currently, necessarily, simply, successfully, surely, satisfactorily, ultimately.
There are four entries in the English Grammar Profile that capture “May I…?” Point 97 are polite questions. They probably are not really asking for permission. 119 is literally asking for permission. Yet, for the purposes of designating a complexity level, this matters little. The interpretation of this structure becomes more difficult once we jump […]