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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the reason place that which

The B2 Point 4 in the category of FOCUS is defined as ‘The reason (that)’, ‘The place (which)’ + clause as subject + ‘be’ for focus. *although the verb ‘be’ is probably the most common, for complexity, we should also accept any verb after the clause. Hindustan Times The reason that less number of workers […]

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introduce a comparison

Point 10 in DISCOURSE MARKERS in writing is defined as: a range of phrases as discourse markers to introduce a comparison. There are three examples of these in the English Grammar Profile.   Similarly Collocates of ‘Similarly‘ (word ranking: 2809) in the COCA corpus: situate, price, size, equip, treat, affect, dress, behave, respectively, configure, dramatic and it is very Academic.   TechNewsWorld Tech’s Role […]

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summarising phrases

Point 9 in the category of DISCOURSE MARKERS in writing is defined as: range of phrases as discourse markers to summarise. (Note ‘therefore’ is B1 in EVP) IWeb search for ‘Thus|Consequently|Hence|Therefore’ + collocates up to 4 spaces to the right: 1 THEREFORE 1633873 1 RECOMMENDED 4764 2 ESSENTIAL 4561 2 THUS 1485858 (1 FAR 82646) […]

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their noun

iWeb search for B1 1 THEIR LIVES 325158 2 THEIR WAY 262764 3 THEIR CHILDREN 216153 4 THEIR WORK 213183 5 THEIR FAMILIES 209014 6 THEIR HOME 163269 7 THEIR TIME 157752 8 THEIR BUSINESS 143531 9 THEIR PARENTS 129414 10 THEIR WEBSITE 119786 11 THEIR HANDS 116015 12 THEIR PRODUCTS 110206 13 THEIR CUSTOMERS […]

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