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nouns only in the plural (agreement)

Here’s an example of the plural only noun ‘pants’ agreeing with the determiner ‘these’ and the verb ‘are’ These pants are lycra. Listen to this sentence. Here’s a student example: His jeans were too tight. PELIC Korean female level 5 listening class. A2 point 16 in the category of NOUNS is defined: NOUNS ONLY USED IN THE PLURAL with plural …

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irregular plural noun + ‘s + noun

Point 44 in the category of DETERMINERS is defined as: ‘S after irregular plural nouns to indicate possession. Here’s an expert example: Women‘s organizations were active participants from the beginning. (Listen to this sentence) A search in iWeb for: _NN2 _GE _NN We removed those that are not irregular. 1 CHILDREN ‘S HOSPITAL 34865 2 MEN ‘S BASKETBALL 22178 3 WOMEN …

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not + any | many | much + NOUN

When grammar points are from the same CEFR level, and in the same category, we believe it is more useful to have a single post that covers them.  Both these A2 points come from the category of DETERMINERS/quantity. Point 15: ‘many’ with plural nouns in negative contexts. Point 23: ‘much’ with uncountable nouns in negative …

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apposition

Point 36 in the category of  NOUNS is defined as: two noun phrases together (in apposition) to refer to the same person or thing, usually separated by commas.   EXPERT EXAMPLES: With the lack of competition due to COVID restrictions, Moraga’s Campolindo High School senior, Daniel Zabronsky, has been channelling his energy into teaching English to students in Colombia, South America.   Zabronsky’s eighth-grade sister, Isabel, did her share of “tutoring” by speaking in English during visits to Colombia. …

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adjective + ONES

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 ONES 16209 8 SMALLER …

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many + PLURAL NOUN ?

Point 45 in the category of DETERMINERS/quantity is defined as: ‘MANY’ WITH PLURAL NOUNS, INTERROGATIVE An iWeb search for: many _NN2 ? 1 MANY OTHERS ? 293 2 MANY POSSIBILITIES ? 181 3 MANY THINGS ? 168 4 MANY QUESTIONS ? 167 5 MANY OPTIONS ? 126 6 MANY CHILDREN ? 122 7 MANY WAYS …

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Many are the + NOUN + RELATIVE CLAUSE

C2 point 117 in PRONOUNS/quantity is defined as: complex noun phrases using an inverted form ‘Many’ + ‘are’ + noun phrase, followed by a relative clause, as a focusing device. FOR EXAMPLE:   NBC News Covid is having a devastating impact on children — and the vaccine won’t fix everything Most of her students are poor enough to qualify for a free lunch …

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neither | either of + PLURAL NOUN

‘Either’ can mean “the one or the other.” ‘Neither’ can mean “not the one and not the other” or “not either.” C1 English Grammar Profile point 63 in DETERMINERS/quantity is defined as: ‘either’ and ‘neither’ + ‘of’ with plural noun phrases or pronouns. For example: Neither of these men is Chaney. (note the subject-verb agreement!) listen But the truth is, it’s not going …

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one | some + of the + SUPERLATIVE + PLURAL NOUN

Here are two expert examples of complex noun phrases as subject complements: Ocean worlds are some of the most fascinating places. Listen to this sentence   This is one of the most important things that any man can do. Listen *Note, ‘is one of the most‘ is the second most frequent 5-word Ngram. iWeb 262,288 In the English Grammar Profile, B1 point 41 in ADJECTIVES is defined as:  ‘ONE OF …

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plural nouns inflected -ES or -IES

A2 point 19 in NOUNS is defined as: plurals by adding ‘-es’ to countable nouns ending in ‘-o’, ‘-ch’, ‘-s’, ‘-sh’, ‘-x’ or ‘-z’. A2 point 28 in NOUNS: ‘-IES’ plurals of countable nouns ending in a consonant plus ‘-y’, by changing the ‘y’ to ‘I’ and adding ‘-es’. A search on iWeb for: *ies_NN2 …

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all | both | a few + PLURAL NOUN

‘All’ and ‘both’ are predeterminers, meaning they come before other determiners.  For example: “All the things”, “both our children” Point 22 in DETERMINERS is defined as: increasing range of quantifying determiners with plural nouns ‘all’, ‘both’, ‘a few’ In iWeb: all|both _NN2 1 BOTH SIDES 258617 2 ALL THINGS 222190 3 ALL KINDS 211611 4 …

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THESE | THOSE ONES

Point 73 in the category of PRONOUNS is defined as: ‘these ones’, ‘those ones’ as a substitute for plural countable nouns which have already been mentioned or are obvious from the context. A look for * * these|those ones * * in the iWeb corpus: 1 ONE OF THOSE ONES WHERE YOU 29   The …

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-IANS plural noun suffix

1 CHRISTIANS (NN2) 300655 2 PHYSICIANS (NN2) 274754 3 MUSICIANS (NN2) 225627 4 POLITICIANS (NN2) 211753 5 INDIANS (NN2) 167921 6 CANADIANS (NN2) 156879 7 TECHNICIANS (NN2) 129132 8 GUARDIANS (NN2) 99782 9 AUSTRALIANS (NN2) 98618 10 CIVILIANS (NN2) 92291 11 HISTORIANS (NN2) 81859 12 RUSSIANS (NN2) 71180 13 CLINICIANS (NN2) 62328 14 CORINTHIANS (NN2) …

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-IES suffix

1 SERIES (NN) 3166663 2 COMPANIES (NN2) 2679310 3 ACTIVITIES (NN2) 1981104 4 COUNTRIES (NN2) 1459881 5 OPPORTUNITIES (NN2) 1456705 6 STUDIES (NN2) 1426922 7 FAMILIES (NN2) 1348777 8 STORIES (NN2) 1250906 9 PROPERTIES (NN2) 984184 10 FACILITIES (NN2) 920963 11 SPECIES (NN) 920040 12 PARTIES (NN2) 912973 13 COMMUNITIES (NN2) 910936 14 POLICIES (NN2) …

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‘most’ + NOUN

1 MOST (DAT) PEOPLE (NN) 528006 2 MOST (DAT) CASES (NN2) 174149 3 MOST (DAT) THINGS (NN2) 27916 4 MOST (DAT) WOMEN (NN2) 25879 5 MOST (DAT) COMPANIES (NN2) 25464 6 MOST (DAT) STATES (NN2) 23512 7 MOST (DAT) DAYS (NNT2) 23351 8 MOST (DAT) AMERICANS (NN2) 21777 9 MOST (DAT) STUDENTS (NN2) 21195 10 …

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