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Can you believe?

Point 74 in MODALITY is defined: ‘can you believe’ to express surprise PELIC STUDENT EXAMPLE: Can you believe that my poor mother still did not know that she was dying? Mongol female level 4 grammar class. TLC SPEAKING TEST EXAMPLE: Can you believe that only in Niger there are one point three million people  who are in critical need of food and assistance due to corruption? female Sri Lanka B1 An iWeb search: 1 CAN YOU BELIEVE IT ? 2387 2 CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT ? …

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adverb + adjective + noun

Point 32 in the category of NOUNs is defined as: complex noun phrases with adverb + adjective + noun EXPERT EXAMPLE: And, you know, this is a fairly transparent example. wnpr.org *This overlaps B1 noun phrases in the category of ADJECTIVES and clashes with C1 in the category of modality (emphasis). A search in iWeb for: _RR _JJ _NN 1 PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE …

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adverb + determiner

Here are a few examples of determiners premodified by intensifiers. There are hardly any phone booths left in this city.   TLC male India B1 We have nearly all the big automobile companies. TLC male India, B1   It took me virtually no time at all. Listen to this expert example B1 point 48 in the category of DETERMINERS/quantity is defined as: modify determiners with adverbs. There is clashing information in the English Grammar Profile.  The example …

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as * as + mine | yours

Point 63 in the category of PRONOUNS is defined as: possessive pronouns ‘mine’ and ‘yours’, with singular reference, in comparative clauses after ‘(not) as … as’. A search in iWeb for: * as * as mine|yours 1 IS AS GOOD AS MINE 1166 2 , AS WELL AS YOURS 92 3 IS AS GOOD AS …

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almost | quite | incredibly | reasonably + ADVERB

C1 point 59 in the category of ADVERBS/phrases is defined as: an increasing range of degree adverbs to modify a range of adverb types. *this is unclear in the EGP because we are not sure whether only their examples that are doing the modifying are to be C1. We can look at their examples in …

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modifier + adverb + complement

Point 67 in the category of ADVERBS is defined as: adverb phrases with modifiers before, and complements after, adverbs. There is an interactive word tree of this grammar by clicking here. A search in iWeb for the pattern in the two examples in the EGP: _V (almost|so)_R _RR _I 1 WORKED SO HARD FOR 1573 …

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degree adverbs modifying adjectives ‘almost certain’

Here’s an example of hedging an assertion: I’m almost certain that it was him. Listen   You seem pretty sure of yourself. Listen C1 point 210 in MODALITY on the English Grammar Profile is based on: MODIFYING an ADJECTIVE for HEDGING with a degree adverb. We are offered only two examples: ‘quite probable’ and ‘almost certain.’  Since this is in the category of …

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almost all & very few

Point 51 in the category of adverbs/phrases is defined as: degree adverbs (‘almost’, ‘very’) to modify determiners. Adverbs phrases can be put together with degree adverbs such as “almost” and “very” to modify determiners, such as “all” and “few”. *.[RR] *.[DB] After removing a few unrelated results to the intention of finding degrees, the search …

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