not even

‘not even’ can be used to emphasize that something is not true or didn’t happen. It’s B1 in the English Vocabulary Profile. Here are the collocates of ‘not even’ in the movie corpus: 1 CLOSE 443 It‘s not even close! listen 2 YET 398 3 ANYMORE 215 I‘m not even allowed to swim with her anymore. listen 4 SUPPOSED 164 5 ANYONE 133 …

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used not to

The following rare student writing example shows how ‘used not to‘ expresses modality: Also when I was younger, I used not to be allowed to drink coffee. PELIC Korean female level 3 grammar class. It sounds more natural to say: “I didn’t use to be allowed to drink coffee.” *In other words, she did not have permission to drink coffee.  Although now she is an adult and can. In the …

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The word ‘being’ is most often used as a verb, but also a noun (human being) and in a time adverbial phrase (for the time being). 1 BEING a search in NOW corpus for: * * _VBG * * 1 ADDRESS BEFORE BEING ALLOWED TO 32061 At least, you didn’t require readers to log in with an email address before being allowed to read it! 2 COOKIES FROM BEING SET …

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