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superlative + noun + OF

Point 7 in the category of ADJECTIVES: limited range of prepositional phrases with ‘of’ after a superlative adjective, to refer to one thing within a set or part of a set. TLC SPEAKING TEST EXAMPLE: What’s the best type of music? male Mexico B1 A search in iWeb for: _JJT _NN of * * 1 BEST INTERESTS …

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determiner + superlative + noun (range)

B1 Point 48 in the category of ADJECTIVES is defined: noun phrases with a range of determiners before a superlative adjective. *This should include a range of nouns because at A2 it is a limited range.  One can guess that ‘my’ ‘your’ can still be B1 if the noun is not A1. We have removed …

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quantity phrase + uncountable noun

The English Grammar Profile claims that there are over 1000 grammar points in its inventory.  However, there are numerous points that are overlapping.  This post shows 3 posts that overlap. B1 Point 34 in the category of NOUNS is defined as: uncountable nouns with an increasing range of determiners/quantity words and phrases including ‘much’, ‘a …

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word OR word ?

A2 Point 14 in the category of QUESTIONS is defined as: alternative questions with two words from the same class combined with ‘or’. *note that there is a b1 point for two clauses joined with ‘or’ in a question. A few searches on iWeb for: _NN or NN ? 1 PRODUCT OR SERVICE ? 1217 …

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a little | a bit of | a little bit of

Point 49 in DETERMINERS is defined as: quantifying determiners with uncountable nouns, often in informal and/or spoken contexts (‘a little’, ‘a bit of’ and ‘a little bit of’) *note, ‘little’ is hard to tag as a determiner and not an adjective.  Also, we believe that pronouns and other determiners should be allowed since they refer …

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MY | YOUR + superlative +noun

Point 12 in ADJECTIVES is defined as: form a noun phrase with ‘my’ or ‘your’ + superlative adjective + noun, with a limited range of nouns and contexts. A search in iWeb for: my|your _JJT _NN 1 YOUR BEST BET 34849 2 MY BEST FRIEND 30957 3 YOUR BEST FRIEND 18855 4 MY BEST FRIENDS …

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THE + noun + WHO|THAT + clause (focus)

Here’s an example of using a defining relative clause for focus: The person who sent me was you. Listen to the pronunciation. B1 Point 73 in the category of CLAUSES is defined as: defining relative clauses: ‘the person who/that, the thing that, the (only) one who/that’ as a focusing device. A search in iWeb for: . The _NN that|who …

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