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You might

Point 92 in MODALITY: ‘might’ to make polite suggestions and give advice. We cannot automatically check a corpus for usage, but we can follow the EGP examples which both contain the pronoun ‘you’. An iWeb search for: You might * * * 1 YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO 32578 You might be able to use a hammer …

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ANYTHING (negative context)

Point 13 in the category of NEGATION: an increasing range of indefinite pronouns in negative contexts iWeb searches for: _XX * * * anything 1 N’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING 3419 2 N’T NEED TO DO ANYTHING 2289 3 N’T WANT TO DO ANYTHING 1784 4 N’T THINK THERE ‘S ANYTHING 1698 5 NOT GOING …

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as you might (SHARED KNOWLEDGE)

Point 90 in MODALITY is defined as: ‘might’ in phrases, such as ‘as you might know’, ‘have already heard’, to focus the reader on shared knowledge. 1 AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT , 6532 2 AS YOU MIGHT THINK . 3862 3 AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE , 3657 4 AS YOU MIGHT HAVE GUESSED 2253 As …

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too | very | so + many | few

Point 102 in PRONOUNS/quantity MODIFIED: ‘few’ and ‘many’ with ‘very’, ‘too’, ‘so’ as intensifiers *’very few’ + noun is B2 A search in iWeb for: * * too|very|so many|few . 1 THERE ARE SO MANY . 587 2 IS ONE TOO MANY . 340 3 LIVES OF SO MANY . 236 4 BUT NOT TOO …

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adverb + adjective (emphasis)

Point 199 in MODALITY is MODIFYING ADJECTIVES adjectives with adverbs, often for emphasis. The two examples in the EGP are: painfully|highly obvious|unlikely *although there are 50 examples of ‘highly’ in the following top 1000 results, there are no examples of ‘painfully’. A search in iWeb for: _RR _JJ 1 REALLY GOOD 291231 2 ALSO AVAILABLE …

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BE + NOT + ADJECTIVE + THAT+ CLAUSE

Point 197 in MODALITY/expressions with ‘be’ is defined as: HEDGING ‘be’ + ‘not’ + adjective + ‘that-‘ clause to make an assertion less direct A search in iWeb for: _VB _XX _J that_C 1 ‘M NOT SURE THAT 10255 If the situation had been reversed, and I’d lost a child in a fire, I’m not sure that fire dancing would be the answer.   2 IS NOT SURPRISING THAT 9211 3 …

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