plural

not + any | many | much + NOUN

When grammar points are from the same CEFR level, and in the same category, we believe it is more useful to have a single post that covers them.  Both these A2 points come from the category of DETERMINERS/quantity. Point 15: ‘many’ with plural nouns in negative contexts. Point 23: ‘much’ with uncountable nouns in negative …

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There ‘BE’ a lot of + NOUN

Point 15 in the category of VERBS is defined: ‘there is’ and ‘there are’ + ‘a lot of’ + plural noun iWeb doesn’t allow for longer than 5 token searches: _EX _VB a lot of 1 THERE ARE A LOT OF 145235 2 THERE IS A LOT OF 69785 3 THERE ‘S A LOT OF …

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many + PLURAL NOUN ?

Point 45 in the category of DETERMINERS/quantity is defined as: ‘MANY’ WITH PLURAL NOUNS, INTERROGATIVE An iWeb search for: many _NN2 ? 1 MANY OTHERS ? 293 2 MANY POSSIBILITIES ? 181 3 MANY THINGS ? 168 4 MANY QUESTIONS ? 167 5 MANY OPTIONS ? 126 6 MANY CHILDREN ? 122 7 MANY WAYS …

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several | a few of

Point 39 in the category of DETERMINERS is defined as: wide range of quantifying determiners with plural nouns (‘several’, ‘millions of’, ‘a few of’). *Note that if ‘millions of’ is used as hyperbole, then it is a C1 point. TLC, Speaking test examples: There are very few sports cars in Sri Lanka. We don’t really take those out on the roads. …

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THOSE

There are two almost identical B1 grammar points for ‘those’ in the category of PRONOUNS/demonstratives Point 46 is defined as: ‘those’ as a pronoun with plural reference. Point 62: ‘those’ as a pronoun to refer to things which have already been mentioned. An iWeb search for: * * * those . 1 IS ONE OF …

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neither | either of + PLURAL

Point 63 in DETERMINERS/quantity is defined as: ‘either’ and ‘neither’ + ‘of’ with plural noun phrases or pronouns. For example: But the truth is, it’s not going to be either of those things. *Note, ‘either of them’ or ‘either of us’ is B2 A search in iWeb for: *either of * _NN2 1 EITHER OF THOSE THINGS 1300 2 NEITHER OF THOSE THINGS …

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one | some + of the + SUPERLATIVE + PLURAL NOUN

Here’s an expert example: Ocean worlds are some of the most fascinating places. (Listen to this sentence) In the English Grammar Profile, B1 point 41 in ADJECTIVES is defined as:  ‘ONE OF THE’ before a superlative ADJECTIVE, followed by a plural noun. This point can be slightly expanded with Person’s GSE 55 B1+: ‘one of/some of/among’ in phrases with superlative …

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plural noun + -ES

Point 19 in NOUNS is defined as: plurals by adding ‘-es’ to countable nouns ending in ‘-o’, ‘-ch’, ‘-s’, ‘-sh’, ‘-x’ or ‘-z’. A search on iWeb for: *oes_N 1 SHOES 688509 2 HEROES 282618 PELIC STUDENT: Male,623,4,w Dressing up like super heroes is quite popular. *The above example is hidden by other grammar points.   3 POTATOES 225187 4 TOMATOES …

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-IANS plural noun suffix

1 CHRISTIANS (NN2) 300655 2 PHYSICIANS (NN2) 274754 3 MUSICIANS (NN2) 225627 4 POLITICIANS (NN2) 211753 5 INDIANS (NN2) 167921 6 CANADIANS (NN2) 156879 7 TECHNICIANS (NN2) 129132 8 GUARDIANS (NN2) 99782 9 AUSTRALIANS (NN2) 98618 10 CIVILIANS (NN2) 92291 11 HISTORIANS (NN2) 81859 12 RUSSIANS (NN2) 71180 13 CLINICIANS (NN2) 62328 14 CORINTHIANS (NN2) …

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-IES suffix

1 SERIES (NN) 3166663 2 COMPANIES (NN2) 2679310 3 ACTIVITIES (NN2) 1981104 4 COUNTRIES (NN2) 1459881 5 OPPORTUNITIES (NN2) 1456705 6 STUDIES (NN2) 1426922 7 FAMILIES (NN2) 1348777 8 STORIES (NN2) 1250906 9 PROPERTIES (NN2) 984184 10 FACILITIES (NN2) 920963 11 SPECIES (NN) 920040 12 PARTIES (NN2) 912973 13 COMMUNITIES (NN2) 910936 14 POLICIES (NN2) …

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-ALS word ending

  MATERIALS (NN2)   GOALS (NN2)   INDIVIDUALS (NN2)   ANIMALS (NN2)   PROFESSIONALS (NN2)   OFFICIALS (NN2)   MEALS (NN2)   HOSPITALS (NN2)   CHEMICALS (NN2)   TRIALS (NN2)   REVEALS (VVZ)   DEALS (NN2)   SIGNALS (NN2)   PROPOSALS (NN2)   MINERALS (NN2)   LOCALS (NN2)   FINALS (NN2)   METALS (NN2)   CREDENTIALS (NN2)   TUTORIALS (NN2)   FESTIVALS (NN2)   INTERVALS (NN2)   APPEALS (NN2)   DEALS (VVZ_NN2)   ESSENTIALS (NN2)   JOURNALS (NN2)   CRIMINALS (NN2)   DEALS …

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