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BE + NOT + ADJECTIVE + THAT+ CLAUSE

C1 point 197 in MODALITY/expressions with ‘be’ is defined as: HEDGING ‘be’ + ‘not’ + adjective + ‘that-‘ clause to make an assertion less direct The EGP adjectives include: ‘certain’, ‘likely’ and ‘sure’ which are all related to hedging and modality such as certainty and probability. A search in iWeb for: _VB _XX _J that_C …

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degree adverbs modifying adjectives ‘almost certain’

Here’s an example of hedging an assertion: I’m almost certain that it was him. Listen   You seem pretty sure of yourself. Listen C1 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: ‘quite probable’ and ‘almost certain.’  Since this is in the category of …

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