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WILL be able to

Point 36 in MODALITY and expressions with ‘BE’ is defined as: ‘will’ + ‘be able to’ + infinitive to talk about possibility and ability. Also, see overlapping point 99. The example sentences in the EGP also contain negatives, contractions and question forms for this feature. Here are a variety of clusters on iWeb: 1 YOU […]

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WOULD advise imagine recommend say

Point 102 in MODALITY and INDIRECTNESS is defined as: ‘would’ with verbs such as ‘advise’, ‘imagine’, ‘recommend’, ‘say’ to be less direct. *We are not sure if ‘indirectness’ is absolutely crucial to defining the complexity level of our following examples. Frequency in the iWeb corpus of these can be divided: Here are some of the […]

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can (general truths)

Point 154 in the category of MODALITY is defined as: ‘can’ for GENERAL TRUTHS AND TENDENCIES It cannot be found automatically since it depends on manual interpretation of the usage.  We can attempt to do to search in corpora is to match some of the formal elements found preceding ‘can.’ Some_DD young_JJ people_NN can_VM feel_VVI […]

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may adverb

Point 150 in the category of MODALITY is defined as: ‘may’ with an increasing range of adverbs (most commonly ‘even’, ‘only’, ‘already’, ‘never’, ‘just’, ‘sometimes’) in the normal mid-position after the modal verb. An iWeb search for: may_v _r _vvi 1 MAY ALSO WANT 20903 2 MAY ALSO USE 13170 3 MAY ALSO NEED 11981 […]

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must not

The negative form of ‘must’ in the category of MODALITY appears at two levels. Point 21 is A2 and just general form. Point 149 is B2 and is defined: USE: RULES negative forms of ‘must’ to talk about what is not permitted. must _x _vvi 1 MUST NOT EXCEED 5621 2 MUST NOT USE 3904 […]

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must ?

Two points in the category of Modality at B2 are practically the same. Point 147 is: ‘must’ the question form. Point 161 is: ‘must’ to ask about obligation and necessity. An iWeb cluster search for must * * * * ? 1 MUST BE GOOD , RIGHT ? 84 2 MUST BE TRUE , RIGHT […]

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