Point 51 in the category of adverbs/phrases is defined as:
degree adverbs (‘almost’, ‘very’) to modify determiners.
Adverbs phrases can be put together with degree adverbs such as “almost” and “very” to modify determiners, such as “all” and “few”.
After removing a few unrelated results to the intention of finding degrees, the search on iWeb for any general adverb tagged as RR next to any DB results in the following frequency sets:
“much all” is actually mostly “pretty much all” so quite an unexpected find here. Most importantly though, “almost all” is by far the most common of all and worthy of further collocation. A search on iWeb for collocates 4 slots either side of “almost all” with no codes added returns:
Examples in the “news”:
- At 140/90 or higher, medication is indicated in almost all cases. But the guidelines make no distinction between men and women. Dr. Kringeland said …
- … legal protections for the Irish language – in almost all cases anathema to the DUP. In the absence of a compromise, the power-sharing executive will …
- In almost all cases among vaccinated young people (they were ages 16 to 24), the symptoms have gone away quickly. Covid-19, on the other hand, …
- … sufficiently normally formed and the tibia is too short it may be best to amputate it through the ankle. Prosthetic limbs can be used in almost all cases.
As we know taggers are not perfect and to see what “RG” the code for adverbs of degree finds instead of RR, we get the following frequency results: