VVZ

really | always | sometimes + VERB

The first point in the English Grammar Profile! A1 point 1 in the category of ADVERBS is defined: adverbs of degree and time to modify verbs. An iWeb search for: really|always|sometimes _VV   1 REALLY WANT 213278 I really want a brother.   Listen to the pronunciation 2 REALLY LIKE 181415 3 REALLY NEED 161580 4 REALLY KNOW …

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HERS | THEIRS (subject)

Point 111 in PRONOUNS: the possessive pronoun ‘hers’ with singular reference, in subject position. Point 112 in PRONOUNS: the possessive pronoun ‘theirs’, with singular and plural reference, in subject position. *NOTE that there is no EGP point for hers as a subject with a plural reference.  This probably means that plural reference would be C2.  …

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say | show

In the English Grammar Profile, B1 point 26 in the category of PRESENT/simple is defined: a limited range of reporting verbs, including ‘say’, ‘show’ EXPERT EXAMPLE: This map shows the presence of agriculture on planet Earth.   PELIC STUDENT EXAMPLE: Some people say that money is the root of all evil, but I disagree with it. Korean male, writing class. _P show|shows|say|says * * * We have removed lines that are not …

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SOMETHING | NOBODY + singular verb

Here’s an example of indefinite pronouns as subjects in two clauses with singular verbs: Nobody wants to help when something goes wrong. Point 39 in the category of PRONOUNS/indefinite is defined as: increasing range of indefinite pronouns (‘something’, ‘nobody’) as subjects, with a singular verb. *Remember the inflectional -s at the end of a verb indicates that the verb is the …

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if + PRESENT SIMPLE (real conditions)

Point 31 in the category of CLAUSES/conditional is defined as: ‘if’ + present simple with present simple, ‘can’ or imperative in the main clause to refer to things that are true now or very likely to happen. *Note this point overlaps many others, such as: A2 if you want | like | prefer + imperative …

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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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-ALS word ending

  MATERIALS (NN2)   GOALS (NN2)   INDIVIDUALS (NN2)   ANIMALS (NN2)   PROFESSIONALS (NN2)   OFFICIALS (NN2)   MEALS (NN2)   HOSPITALS (NN2)   CHEMICALS (NN2)   TRIALS (NN2)   REVEALS (VVZ)   DEALS (NN2)   SIGNALS (NN2)   PROPOSALS (NN2)   MINERALS (NN2)   LOCALS (NN2)   FINALS (NN2)   METALS (NN2)   CREDENTIALS (NN2)   TUTORIALS (NN2)   FESTIVALS (NN2)   INTERVALS (NN2)   APPEALS (NN2)   DEALS (VVZ_NN2)   ESSENTIALS (NN2)   JOURNALS (NN2)   CRIMINALS (NN2)   DEALS …

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Gerunds (verbING)

Here’s a student example of using a verb-ing form as a noun subject: Studying for an exam won’t be hard for you if you follow these steps. PELIC: Chinese male level 3 writing class. Here’s an example in educational materials of the news: Closing the gas pipeline is one action Western nations have taken against Russia. BreakingNewsEnglish Here’s an example of verb-ing after ‘to’: The find goes a long way to solving the mystery of why the Stonehenge bluestones were brought from so far away  when all other stone circles were erected within a short distance of their quarries. thebritishacademy.ac.uk In the English Grammar Profile, point 22 in NOUNS …

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