In the English Grammar Profile, B2 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”:
- Check your account activity. I talk to a lot of people who have been scammed, and in almost all cases, they didn't realize something was wrong until …
- … which in almost all cases is really horseradish with green coloring), and it was surprisingly delicate, flavorful and added just the right …
- In almost all cases, the names once nominated are approved by all, says Yawalkar. Understanding the process first-hand.
- “None of the things that we do in this office are cavalier, and they are not optional in almost all cases," said Cathy Darling Allen.
- Unfortunately, earning money online carries some hazards. In almost all cases, you must first invest before you could be able to withdraw the funds …
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: