Category: past

would (habitual past)

B2 point 160 in MODALITY is defined as: ‘would’ to talk about habitual actions and events in the past It formally overlaps A2 point 26 in MODALITY: ‘would’ to talk about imagined situations. Looking in iWeb corpus manually for collocates of ‘every’ ‘time‘ with ‘would’ is 1 in 5 on the usage: ..note, my mom […]

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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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BE about to

There are 3 almost identical points in the category of FUTURE in the English Grammar Profile: Point 41  in the past is defined as: simple past form of ‘be’ + ‘about to’ (often with ‘just’) to talk about the immediate future from a point in the past. Point 43 future expressions with ‘BE ABOUT TO […]

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