Category: adverbs

CAN (increasing range of adverbs)

Point 173 in the category of MODALITY is defined as: ‘can’ with an increasing range of adverbs (including ‘easily’, ‘hardly’, ‘now’, ‘probably‘, ‘sometimes’, ‘still’) in the normal mid position after the modal verb or after the subject in questions. When doing a cluster search on iWeb for can_v _r _vvi* ‘hardly’, ‘probably’ or ‘sometimes’ do not […]

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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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introduce a comparison

Point 10 in DISCOURSE MARKERS in writing is defined as: a range of phrases as discourse markers to introduce a comparison. There are three examples of these in the English Grammar Profile.   Similarly Collocates of ‘Similarly‘ (word ranking: 2809) in the COCA corpus: situate, price, size, equip, treat, affect, dress, behave, respectively, configure, dramatic and it is very Academic.   TechNewsWorld Tech’s Role […]

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adverb comparative phrase

Point 55 in the English Grammar Profile under the category of adverbs is defined phrases that modify with an adverb and comparative structure.  What is particularly noticeable about this structure is that it attracts higher level vocabulary (as noted in EVP): B1 accurately (1) frequently (2) heavily (1) seriously (1) B2 closely (1) deeply (1) effectively (1) efficiently (1) rapidly (1) readily (1) strongly (1) These […]

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