adverb + determiner

Here are a few examples of determiners premodified by intensifiers.

There are hardly any phone booths left in this city.

 

TLC male India B1

We have nearly all the big automobile companies.

TLC male India, B1

 

It took me virtually no time at all.

Listen to this expert example


B1 point 48 in the category of DETERMINERS/quantity is defined as:

modify determiners with adverbs.


There is clashing information in the English Grammar Profile.  The example they give for point 48:

Because almost all of the programmes are stupid.

However, ‘Almost all’ is B2 grammar.

The second example the EGP gives has no clash, yet if just follow the Parts of speech: Verb + adverb + article, we don’t get the type of adverbs we are looking for.

His name is Richard and since we were just little kids, we’ve spent nearly every day together.


If search these patterns in iWeb, we realise there are many adverbs that are not related to quantity:

_RR _DB

1 ALMOST ALL 197097
2 NEARLY ALL 87591

3 SO ALL 60228

4 VIRTUALLY ALL 41763
5 NEARLY HALF 35151

6 ONCE ALL 30636

7 ALMOST HALF 30572

8 WHERE ALL 26519
9 HOW ALL 23898
10 MUCH ALL 23291

11 LEAST HALF 20723

12 REALLY ALL 19821

13 WHEN ALL 19449
14 WHY ALL 14193
15 ALSO ALL 12230

16 JUST ALL 10453

17 WELL ALL 9200
18 ABOUT ALL 9169

19 ROUGHLY HALF 8681
20 BASICALLY ALL 8610
21 PROBABLY ALL 8371
22 APPROXIMATELY HALF 7702

23 EVEN ALL 7446
24 YET ALL 7439

These are the most common, and it suggests that this grammar point might be better dealt with as vocabulary.

A1:
all, half
A2:
almost, least, nearly (‘probably’ is not quantity)

B1:
approximately

B2:
roughly, virtually (‘basically’ is more a stance adverb)

The b1 and b2 are very academic!


Another search in iWeb for:

(almost|approximately|basically|least|nearly|roughly|virtually) (half|all)

1 ALMOST ALL 199262
2 NEARLY ALL 88465
3 VIRTUALLY ALL 41953
4 NEARLY HALF 38092
5 ALMOST HALF 33309
6 LEAST HALF 21303
7 ROUGHLY HALF 9078
8 BASICALLY ALL 8787
9 APPROXIMATELY HALF 7918
10 LEAST ALL 1750
11 BASICALLY HALF 290
12 VIRTUALLY HALF 101
13 APPROXIMATELY ALL 80


If we attempt to follow the second example sentence, we get ‘question words’:

_VV _RR _A

1 SEE HOW THE 69612
2 KNOW HOW THE 23341
3 KNOW WHERE THE 22819
4 OCCURS WHEN THE 21806
5 UNDERSTAND HOW THE 21587
6 SEE WHERE THE 19477
7 HAPPENS WHEN THE 16707
8 KNOW WHEN THE 13380
9 UNDERSTAND WHY THE 12780
10 SEE HOW YOUR 12523
11 EXPLAIN WHY THE 12497
12 HAPPENS WHEN A 11545
13 OCCURS WHEN A 11345
14 SHOWS HOW THE 11239
15 EXPLAIN HOW THE 11030
16 NOTICE HOW THE 10009
17 SHOW HOW THE 9975
18 SEE HOW A 9843
19 NAME JUST A 9793
20 SEE WHY THE 9003


*If we follow the second example using:

_RR every _NN

1 ALMOST EVERY DAY 15721
2 ALMOST EVERY TIME 5425
3 NEARLY EVERY DAY 5347
4 ALMOST EVERY ASPECT 3653
5 SO EVERY TIME 3129
6 ALMOST EVERY NIGHT 3091
7 BETTER EVERY DAY 2740
8 OPEN EVERY DAY 2626
9 ALMOST EVERY YEAR 2466
10 HARD EVERY DAY 2460
11 ALMOST EVERY WEEK 2183
12 ALMOST EVERY CASE 2160
13 MORE EVERY DAY 2110
14 NEARLY EVERY ASPECT 2029
15 MUCH EVERY DAY 1880
16 ALMOST EVERY WAY 1788
17 NEARLY EVERY TIME 1535
18 ALMOST EVERY COUNTRY 1505
19 VIRTUALLY EVERY ASPECT 1487
20 ALMOST EVERY PART 1374
21 BETTER EVERY YEAR 1354
22 ONCE EVERY COUPLE 1348
23 ABOUT EVERY DAY 1313
24 ONCE EVERY WEEK 1285
25 ONCE EVERY YEAR 1201
26 ALMOST EVERY GAME 1182
27 ALMOST EVERY STATE 1156
28 ALMOST EVERY WEEKEND 1143
29 ALMOST EVERY TYPE 1139
30 ONCE EVERY MONTH 1088
31 SO EVERY DAY 990
32 PERFECTLY EVERY TIME 974
33 NEARLY EVERY STATE 956
34 ABOUT EVERY ASPECT 946
35 ONCE EVERY DAY 921
36 MUCH EVERY TIME 890
37 FULL EVERY MONTH 886
38 ALMOST EVERY CORNER 859
39 ALMOST EVERY AREA 840
40 BETTER EVERY TIME 834
41 ALMOST EVERY INDUSTRY 824
42 ABOUT EVERY TYPE 803
43 NEARLY EVERY YEAR 768
44 NEARLY EVERY COUNTRY 766
45 NEARLY EVERY NIGHT 746
46 ALMOST EVERY BUSINESS 721
47 NEARLY EVERY INDUSTRY 720
48 ALMOST EVERY PERSON 718
49 MORE EVERY YEAR 717
50 ALMOST EVERY ROOM 700
51 ABOUT EVERY TIME 699
52 ALMOST EVERY MONTH 692
53 NEARLY EVERY TYPE 683
54 VIRTUALLY EVERY INDUSTRY 682
55 BEST EVERY DAY 666
56 ALMOST EVERY MORNING 644
57 NEARLY EVERY WEEK 640
58 ALMOST EVERY SITUATION 626
59 ONCE EVERY HOUR 624
60 ALMOST EVERY PAGE 623
61 SO EVERY YEAR 620
62 ABOUT EVERY WAY 618
63 ALMOST EVERY KIND 617
64 NEARLY EVERY PART 589
65 VIRTUALLY EVERY DAY 572
66 TWICE EVERY DAY 571
67 MORE EVERY TIME 570
68 VIRTUALLY EVERY TYPE 569
69 ONLINE EVERY DAY 560
70 RIGHT EVERY TIME 550
71 NEARLY EVERY CORNER 549
72 NEARLY EVERY CASE 539
73 ALMOST EVERY MEAL 533
74 PRACTICALLY EVERY DAY 529
75 ALMOST EVERY CATEGORY 519
76 ABOUT EVERY KIND 500
77 NEARLY EVERY GAME 497
78 ALMOST EVERY COMPANY 476
79 ALMOST EVERY LEVEL 473
80 AUTOMATICALLY EVERY TIME 472
81 LITTLE EVERY DAY 452
82 YET EVERY TIME 443
83 ALMOST EVERY INSTANCE 435
84 ALMOST EVERY TURN 428
85 EARLY EVERY MORNING 425
86 ALMOST EVERY CITY 423
87 VIRTUALLY EVERY COUNTRY 422
88 ALMOST EVERY WOMAN 419
89 NEARLY EVERY WEEKEND 418
90 VIRTUALLY EVERY AREA 409
91 NEARLY EVERY WAY 402
92 ALMOST EVERY FACET 401
93 ALMOST EVERY RESPECT 400
94 NEARLY EVERY ROOM 390
95 NEARLY EVERY FACET 383
96 ALMOST EVERY EPISODE 374
97 WORSE EVERY YEAR 368
98 ALMOST EVERY PIECE 363
99 BETTER EVERY WEEK 363
100 ALMOST EVERY HOME 361


A2 Vocabulary:

almost, area, case, company, corner, full, level, nearly, once,

online, piece, so, turn, twice, type, way, worse, yet