can be

Point 98 in the category of modality is defined:

GENERAL TRUTHS AND TENDENCIES: ‘can be’


TLC STUDENT SPEAKING TEST EXAMPLE:

Their students can get good grades and their income can be higher.

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We follow the EGP example patterns in iWeb:

_NN can_VM be _R _J

1 RATES CAN BE AS HIGH 102
2 RATE CAN BE AS HIGH 92
3 INFORMATION CAN BE VERY USEFUL 70
4 RATES CAN BE AS LOW 64
5 PEOPLE CAN BE SO CRUEL 60
6 FILES CAN BE VERY LARGE 57
7 PROCESS CAN BE AS SIMPLE 55
8 SOLUTION CAN BE AS SIMPLE 53
9 INFORMATION CAN BE VERY HELPFUL 50
10 THERAPY CAN BE VERY HELPFUL 49
11 RATE CAN BE AS LOW 46
12 SYSTEM CAN BE AS SIMPLE 45
13 COSTS CAN BE AS LOW 44
14 FEATURE CAN BE VERY USEFUL 40
15 PAIN CAN BE SO SEVERE 38
16 SUMMER CAN BE VERY HOT 37
17 DATA CAN BE VERY USEFUL 36
18 TREATMENT CAN BE VERY EXPENSIVE 36
19 COST CAN BE AS LOW 35
20 FEES CAN BE AS HIGH 35

_NN can_VM be _J

1 PROCESS CAN BE OVERWHELMING 288
2 INFORMATION CAN BE USEFUL 285
3 WEATHER CAN BE UNPREDICTABLE 273
4 LIFE CAN BE TOUGH 230
5 OPTIONS CAN BE OVERWHELMING 222
6 PROCESS CAN BE LENGTHY 219
7 CHOICES CAN BE OVERWHELMING 213
8 INFORMATION CAN BE HELPFUL 208
9 PROCESS CAN BE DAUNTING 196
10 FEATURE CAN BE USEFUL 191
11 EFFECTS CAN BE SERIOUS 187
12 PROCESS CAN BE DIFFICULT 181
13 LIFE CAN BE DIFFICULT 180
14 TIME CAN BE DIFFICULT 178
15 SAVINGS CAN BE SIGNIFICANT 178
16 COMMUNITY CAN BE PROUD 166
17 STUDENTS CAN BE SUCCESSFUL 164
18 OPTION CAN BE USEFUL 163
19 CUSTOMERS CAN BE CONFIDENT 163
20 RESULTS CAN BE DISASTROUS 160
21 CONSEQUENCES CAN BE SEVERE 148
22 THINGS CAN BE DIFFERENT 147
23 HOME CAN BE DIFFICULT 142
24 RESULTS CAN BE DEVASTATING 141
25 PROCESS CAN BE LONG 139
26 WORK CAN BE DIFFICULT 139
27 DISEASE CAN BE FATAL 138
28 SYMPTOMS CAN BE SIMILAR 137
29 SAVINGS CAN BE SUBSTANTIAL 135
30 INFORMATION CAN BE OVERWHELMING 135
31 HOME CAN BE STRESSFUL 134
32 APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEPTIVE 132
33 LIFE CAN BE HARD 132
34 REWARDS CAN BE GREAT 130
35 HOURS CAN BE LONG 130
36 DIAGNOSIS CAN BE DIFFICULT 129
37 MISTAKES CAN BE COSTLY 129
38 OPPOSITE CAN BE TRUE 127
39 DATA CAN BE USEFUL 127
40 CHANGE CAN BE DIFFICULT 124
41 THERAPY CAN BE HELPFUL 123
42 PROBLEMS CAN BE DIFFICULT 122
43 BUSINESS CAN BE DIFFICULT 122
44 INFORMATION CAN BE DIFFICULT 121
45 RESULTS CAN BE AMAZING 120
46 CONSEQUENCES CAN BE DEVASTATING 118
47 JOB CAN BE STRESSFUL 114
48 DISEASE CAN BE DIFFICULT 113
49 PROCESS CAN BE TIME-CONSUMING 113
50 PROCESS CAN BE STRESSFUL 112
51 SYMPTOMS CAN BE SEVERE 109
52 INSURANCE CAN BE EXPENSIVE 109
53 EFFECTS CAN BE DEVASTATING 108
54 COMPETITION CAN BE FIERCE 107
55 PROCESS CAN BE CONFUSING 103
56 RESULTS CAN BE CATASTROPHIC 102
57 PROCESS CAN BE COMPLEX 102
58 LIFE CAN BE STRESSFUL 99
59 PEOPLE CAN BE ALLERGIC 95
60 PAIN CAN BE SEVERE 94


A2:
amazing, competition, cost, costs, customers, files, high, information, large,

low, mistakes, opposite, pain, simple, so, true, useful
B1:
appearances, choices, confident, confusing, cruel, disease, effects, fees, helpful, option, options,

proud, results, rewards, serious, similar, solution, stressful, successful, system
B2:
community, complex, consequences, consuming, data, fatal, feature, fierce, insurance, process,

rate, rates, savings, severe, significant, substantial, symptoms, therapy, tough, treatment, unpredictable
C1:
devastating, disastrous, lengthy, overwhelming
C2:
deceptive, diagnosis


EXPERT EXAMPLES:

This variety can be very different from the dialects spoken by most white people in America.

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Watching entertaining content can be very effective since you might stay focused for a longer time,

and memorize new words much better.

 

In the beginning, learning grammar can be very difficult.

 

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