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really | so | quite + ADJECTIVE

Point 32 in the category of ADJECTIVES/modifying: adverbs of degree (‘really’, ‘so’, ‘quite’) with an increasing range of common gradable adjectives. PELIC STUDENT EXAMPLE: I was so hungry, so I ate two sandwiches. Korean male level 2 writing class. An iWeb search for: really|so|quite _JJ 1 REALLY GOOD 291861 2 SO GOOD 182087 3 SO EASY 127227 4 SO IMPORTANT 102790 5 SO …

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can be

In the English Grammar Profile, B1 point 98 in the category of modality is defined: GENERAL TRUTHS AND TENDENCIES: ‘can be’ TLC STUDENT SPEAKING TEST EXAMPLE: Their students can get good grades and their income can be higher. male China B1 We follow the EGP example patterns in iWeb: _NN can_VM be _R _J 1 RATES CAN BE AS HIGH 102 2 RATE CAN BE …

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word OR word ? (alternative questions)

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 2 …

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SUCH + adjective + noun

Point 41 in the category of  NOUNS is defined as: noun phrases with ‘such a’ + adjective + singular noun and ‘such’ + adjective + plural noun, to give emphasis.   An iWeb search for: such a _JJ _NN 1 SUCH A LONG TIME 7187 2 SUCH A BIG DEAL 6247 3 SUCH A SHORT …

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adjective + ONES

In the English Grammar Profile, B1 point 50 in the category of PRONOUNS/substitution is defined as: premodifiers with ‘ones’, to refer to something in general. An iWeb search for: _JJ ones 1 LOVED ONES 102997 2 NEW ONES 78751 3 LITTLE ONES 58655 4 ONLY ONES 46742 5 GOOD ONES 26844 6 OLD ONES 24098 7 OTHER …

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as * as + mine | yours

In the English Grammar Profile, B1 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’. *The following example does not have a singular reference, and the use of ‘yours’ is A2 in the English Vocabulary Profile. They‘re not as complicated as …

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 SO + adjective + THAT clause

In the English Grammar Profile, B1 point 83 in CLAUSES/comparatives  is defined as:  ‘so’ + adjective + ‘that’ clause. For example: But l would ask you, assembled here in this house of God, to recognize that we are witnessing something new,  something so unexpected, so unusual that it is not surprising the government is at a loss. listen An iWeb search for: so _J that * * 1 SO GLAD THAT I DID 776 2 SO HAPPY THAT I FOUND 449 3 SO GLAD …

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too ADJECTIVE to INFINITIVE (too early to tell)

In the English Grammar Profile, B1 point 68 in the category of CLAUSES/comparatives is defined as: ‘TOO’ + adjective + ‘to’-infinitive. Here’s a search in the iWeb corpus for: too _J to _VVI 1 TOO EARLY TO TELL 4736 2 TOO EARLY TO SAY 4112 3 TOO EARLY TO START 3206 4 TOO GOOD TO PASS 2967 …

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adverbial phrases with AT

‘AT‘ is by far the most common as a simple preposition. (II) 2 AT is also used in two-part adverbial phrases. (RR21) 1 AT ALL 1232801 Maybe they weren’t thinking about anything at all. listen 2 AT FIRST 403759 At first, I thought they worked for the government. listen 3 AT ONCE 222526 4 AT BEST 111972 5 AT PRESENT 83432 6 AT LAST 77484 7 AT MOST …

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BY phrases

In this post we explore the ways ‘by’ is tagged in large corpora such as iWeb and NOW. 1 BY (II) is clearly most commonly found to be a simple preposition. 2 BY (II31) (complex prepositional phrase) 1 BY WAY OF 81460 C1 Second, the other sentences which make up the body of the paragraph should support the topic sentence  by way of explaining or defining it. PELIC STUDENT: Korean female, level 5 writing …

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adverbial phrases with ‘AND’

The second most common word in English is ‘AND’  which is usually a conjunction.  It’s also used in complex adverbial phrases: and so on (A2 in the English Vocabulary Profile) I need you to help me with my bags and so on. listen TIME AND AGAIN (unlisted in the EVP) I‘ve told you fellas time and again, this haka won’t work until you get the first action right! listen BY AND LARGE (C1) The men who work for PointCorp, the men you dishonour by calling them mercenaries are,  by and large, retired American military personnel. listen BY …

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