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their GENERIC

The use of ‘their’ is confusing to give level to, because there is differing information between the English Vocabulary and Grammar Profiles, and secondly the uses are hard to locate in corpora automatically. At B2, Point 58 in the category of DETERMINERS & possessive is defined as: GENERIC ‘THEIR’ before nouns to refer to a […]

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its

Point 54 in the category of DETERMINERS & possessives is defined as possessive determiner ‘its’ before nouns to refer to a singular inanimate subject or object. Search for clusters that are not a mistake for ‘it is’ on iWeb corpus: ITS WAY TO THE 11703  ITS KIND IN THE 11249 ITS OWN RIGHT . 10405 […]

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Both and

In the iWeb corpus we can run up to 4 wildcards with different combinations: ‘both * * and * *’   1 BOTH MEN AND WOMEN 28482 2 BOTH ON AND OFF 13750 3 BOTH YOU AND YOUR 13393 4 BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE 11752 5 BOTH MALE AND FEMALE 9349 (most common collocate: ‘organs’) […]

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