useful

COME IN + adjective

In the English Vocabulary Profile, come in useful|handy are C2. A search in iWeb corpus for: COME IN _JJ . 1 COME IN HANDY. 9001 2 COMES IN HANDY. 4142 Huh, comes in handy on the cash register. listen   3 CAME IN HANDY. 660 4 COME IN USEFUL. 257 All these moves will come in useful in real life when she grows up. listen 5 COMES IN BLACK . 116 6 …

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really | so | quite + ADJECTIVE

In the English Grammar Profile, A2 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 …

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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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How + ADJECTIVE (is that) !

One could argue that there is a big difference between B1 and C2 English Grammar or vocabulary.  Yet, in the English Grammar Profile, B1 point 62 in the category of CLAUSES/phrases/exclamations is defined as: ‘How’ + adjective. Similarly, if the above structure is followed by a clause it is still B1.  However, in the English Vocabulary Profile, a …

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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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BE + adjective (increasing range)

In the English Grammar Profile, A2 point 16 in ADJECTIVES/position is defined as: increasing range of adjectives predicatively, after ‘be’. *This grammar point is better expanded in the English Vocabulary Profile because it offers more detail about vocabulary. A search on iWeb for _VB _JJ  *note that not all of the following are ‘predicative’ 1 BE …

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ANYTHING | SOMETHING + adjective

Let’s look at some examples of the indefinite pronoun ‘something’ + adjective phrase.  This relates to “post positioned adjectives” ‘something’ is an indefinite pronoun.  ‘special’ is an adjective. The adjective post-modifies the pronoun.  The adjective makes the pronoun more specific. Well,  how about something special for lunch tomorrow to cheer you up? I‘ll make something special for you. (Watch example sentences) The meaning of ‘something adjective‘ …

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