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adverb RESPONSE TOKENS

When you ‘listen’ to someone speaking in a conversation, you can respond with short phrases that add to the conversation. These utterances carry information and sometimes a single word like an adverb is all you might say. C2 point 224 in the category of MODALITY/adverbs is defined: adverbs expressing certainty as short responses Here is …

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phrase ellipsis

Here’s a student example of verb phrase ellipsis: You need to study hard to pass the test unless you don’t want to. PELIC Arabic female level 4 grammar class Although there are a number of grammar points in the English Grammar Profile to do with Ellipsis, there are none that cover the ellipsis of phrases before or after the ‘TO’ infinitive.  Therefore, we turn to Pearson’s GSE …

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MUST (ellipsis of following verb.)

Point 71 in the category of MODALITY: ‘must’ with the following verb ellipted where the previous main verb is understood *Ellipted subject is also B1. EXAMPLE of a following verb ellipted: We can do this because we must. An iWeb search for: * * * must_VM .|! *we have removed incorrectly tagged ‘must’ as a noun. 1 , IF YOU MUST …

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would + easily | strongly | especially | actually | absolutely | gladly

Point 178 in MODALITY would C1 2 increasing range of adverbs with ‘would’, including ‘strongly’, ‘easily’, ‘especially’, ‘actually’, ‘absolutely’, ‘gladly’ A search in iWeb for: would easily|strongly|especially|actually|absolutely|gladly _VVI 1 WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND 4687 2 WOULD STRONGLY SUGGEST 2216 3 WOULD ABSOLUTELY LOVE 1889 4 WOULD ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND 1773 5 WOULD ACTUALLY MAKE 1435 6 WOULD …

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absolutely | undoubtedly | undeniably

Point 64 in ADVERBS/modifiers is defined as: a wide range of adverbs to indicate degrees of certainty. We can find in the EGP examples: absolutely|undoubtedly|undeniably Rank in iWeb: 1 ABSOLUTELY 1027853 2 UNDOUBTEDLY 129901 3 UNDENIABLY 24956  * * absolutely|undoubtedly|undeniably * * 1 I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS 3596 Now I don’t know if this is the devil or the angel sitting on our conscience, sitting on television‘s shoulders, but I do know that I absolutely love this image. …

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extremely | absolutely | incredibly | totally + adjective

Let’s look at a student speaking test example of an extreme adverb modifying a gradable adjective: There are a few cases in which the parents have been excellent guides to the students, and as you know guides are extremely important for a child‘s career. TLC male India C1 We can grade most adjectives with different levels of their quality. (There are only a few non-gradable adjectives such as ‘dead’) There are some adverbs that have …

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