degree adverbs modifying adjectives

degree adverbs modifying adjectives

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Point 210 in MODALITY on the English Grammar Profile is based on MODIFYING an ADJECTIVE for HEDGING with a degree adverb.

We are offered only two examples:

Collocates 4 sides to the left and right on iWeb corpus for “quite probable“:

1 IT (PPH1 ) 528
2 SEEMS (VVZ ) 31

 

3 POSSIBLE (JJ ) 20
4 YOULL (VV0_NN1 ) 10
5 THEREFORE (RR ) 9

 

 

“Almost Certain”

These 2 words draw much more negative vocabulary.  Death, Failure, Defeat, Destruction and Doom are the most common collocates.

1 ‘M (VBM ) 1209
2 AM (VBM ) 825


3 DEATH (NN1 ) 628
4 SEEMS (VVZ ) 392


5 FAILURE (NN1 ) 90
6 FAIL (VVI ) 73


7 DEFEAT (NN1 ) 54
8 FACING (VVG ) 54


9 DESTRUCTION (NN1 ) 44
10 DOOM (NN1 ) 31

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