Category: B1

Don’t Haven’t ?

Point 17 in the category of  QUESTIONS is defined as: auxiliary ‘do’ and ‘have’ + ‘n’t’ + subject + main verb to form negative ‘yes/no’ questions. This overlaps with point 18 in PAST: present perfect simple – negative question form. This is hard to catch for variable-length searches, but we can get some short checking […]

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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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Be able allowed to

Point 99 in Modality and expressions with be is defined as: a limited range of expressions with ‘be’ + infinitive (‘be allowed to’, ‘be supposed to’, ‘be able to’) with present and past forms of ‘be’ and with modal ‘will’ ‘Supposed’ overlaps in B2 also. There is also some overlap with 106 in Modality ‘Plan’. […]

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You ought to

Point 91 in Modality is defined as: ‘ought to’ with ‘you’ to give advice. This depends on usage but at the same time we could add our own vocabulary range criteria to ensure it marks higher complexity.  As you can see most of the 20 most frequent lexical verbs are A1. iWeb search for You […]

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could possibility

Point 103 in modality is defined as: ‘could’ to talk about possibility. This requires manual interpretation and is therefore hard to differentiate it from uses which range from c2-a2.  However, one particular formal point in both examples given on the EGP is ‘really.’ But believe me, it could be really fun… Could this really happen? […]

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