What is B2 level English grammar?

B2 English grammar listB2 English grammar means grammar which B2 students have proven they can do.  Therefore, B2 grammar might be of greatest interest to B1 ESL students since they are looking to gain grammar structures they may not have noticed or used yet.  The B2 grammar on this page is based mostly on the English Grammar Profile.  However, there are points also from Pearson’s global scale of English.  We have started by being alphabetical with the categories, but then attempt to group similar grammar combinations.   We will not be listing the same grammar point under different categories.  For example, ‘adjective with conjunctions’ could be listed under the category of adjectives or conjunctions.  For this reason, categories nearer the start of the alphabet: ‘Adjectives’ will seem larger.  All our example sentences come from the real world.  All examples are linked to more corpora information about the grammar structure and vocabulary that goes with it.

How are adjectives used at the B2 English level?

The B2 English level can use a wider range of compound adjectives.

B2 attributive adjective position

A range of attributive time or degree adjectives can be used.

  • She’s a former board member at Tesla.
  • Concentrate your mind on the present moment.
  • Technology can help future generations.
  • The time machine arrived in the latter half of the century.
  • Debt becomes a real problem if a company can’t pay it off.
  • You make this job an absolute joy.
  • Are they useful or a complete waste of time?


In B2 English grammar, adjectives in the attributive position can be pre-modified for emphasis in formal contexts with ‘rather a…’

  • We won’t see him go anywhere for rather a long time.
  • I thought it was rather a good idea.

B2 adjectives with conjunctions

The use of adjectives at B2 or upper-intermediate can be defined in one way as an increasing range of complex noun phrases with more than one adjective combined with ‘but’.  This allows this level to add more contrast to what they are describing.  An example of this from corpora is:

B2 adjectives with verbs

B2 students can use adjective complements after a wide range of linking verbs such as: ‘seem’, ‘taste’, ‘remain’, ‘appear’ etc.

B2 modality

Starting at intermediate, B2 students continue to use adjectives followed by ‘that’ or ‘infinitive’ clauses but with a greater range of adjectives and verbs.  There is usually an element of modality expressed in the phrases or the elements can be arranged for focus.

‘Enough’ can also post-modify the main adjective before the infinitive in B2 English grammar.

Adjectives are commonly found after the negative modal verb construction ‘can’t or ‘cannot’ to make guesses, predictions or deductions:

B2 comparative adjectives with adverbs

Another way adjectives are used by B2 English users is with adverbials such as ‘slightly’, ‘much’, ‘a lot’ before a comparative adjective.  That means they can be more subtle in the comparisons they can make.  Notice that ‘much better’ is followed by a noun.

B2 comparative clauses with possessive pronouns.

  • In a state as diverse as ours, our students must see themselves in their classrooms and instructional materials.
  • I think my level was a lot higher than hers in the first set.

B2 comparative adjectives with non-finite clauses.

Notice the non-finite past participle ‘expected’ and infinitive ‘to rent’.

B2 superlative adjectives

The following noun can be ellipted when understood from the context.

  • There are many disadvantages of smartphones. I think one of the most common is that people spend too much time using them.

A superlative with or without a following noun can be followed by a that-clause often to express uniqueness.

A wider range of superlatives can be followed by nouns and infinitives.

Superlatives can be intensified with a pre-modifying adverbial phrase.

Adjective phrases can both premodify and postmodify the same noun.

  • Roses like well-drained soil rich in organic matter.


B2 adverbs

B2 clauses

B2 conjunctions

B2 determiners

B2 discourse Markers

B2 focus

B2 future

B2 modality

B2 negation

B2 nouns

B2 passives

B2 past

B2 prepositions

B2 present

B2 pronouns

B2 questions

B2 reported speech

B2 verbs