Points 140, 142, 158, 176 and 214 in the category of MODALITY are used for PAST POSSIBILITY, SPECULATION, REGRET, CRITICISM. On the Left, iWeb corpus gives us the following past participles: 1 COULD HAVE BEEN 178902 On the right further collocations, 4 to the left and right are from COCA corpus: 1 WORSE (JJR ) […]
Point 210 in MODALITY on the English Grammar Profile is based on MODIFYING an ADJECTIVE for HEDGING with a degree adverb. We are offered only two examples: Collocates 4 sides to the left and right on iWeb corpus for “quite probable“: 1 IT (PPH1 ) 528 2 SEEMS (VVZ ) 31 3 POSSIBLE (JJ […]
Point 206 in Modality, in the English Grammar Profile, is used to say that something is probably true. Looking at 4 spaces to the right of the expression on iWeb corpus we find the following collocates which point to the fact the expression is often used with more modality. Two of those are contractions of […]
These are the 12 adverbs I would teach with “must” to advanced students: correctly, either, generally, somehow, therefore, constantly, currently, necessarily, simply, successfully, surely, satisfactorily, ultimately.
This is another post that points at overlapping points on the English Grammar Profile. Parts of two points are worded differently but basically locate the same structure for “should” starting a sentence. The only noticeable difference for these points in succession is that one is labelled as conditional and the other located in a “formal […]
It is not so clear on the English grammar profile, why they say “if + ed endings”. Their examples include words that get tagged as past participles and adjectives, yet to help maintain focus, this entry does look at just the word ending “ed”. What we found here is that the best examples lead back […]