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ADJECTIVES combining A1 FORM: COMBINING TWO ADJECTIVES WITH 'AND'
Can use 'and' to join a limited range of common adjectives.
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ADJECTIVES combining A2 FORM: COMBINING TWO ADJECTIVES WITH 'BUT'
Can use 'but' to join a limited range of common adjectives, after 'be'.
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ADJECTIVES combining B1 FORM: BEFORE THE NOUN
Can use a comma to combine two adjectives used before the noun, following the usual order of adjective types.
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ADJECTIVES combining B1 FORM: COMBINING COMPARATIVE ADJECTIVES WITH 'AND'
Can use 'and' to join a limited range of comparative adjectives.► adjectives: comparatives
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ADJECTIVES combining B1 FORM: COMBINING MORE THAN TWO ADJECTIVES
Can use commas and 'and' to join more than two adjectives, after 'be'.
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ADJECTIVES combining B1 FORM: COMBINING THE SAME COMPARATIVE ADJECTIVE WITH 'AND'
Can use 'and' to repeat a comparative adjective to indicate change over time, usually after 'become' or get. ► adjectives: comparatives
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ADJECTIVES combining B1 FORM: COMPOUND ADJECTIVES
Can use a limited range of compound adjectives ('good-looking', 'well-known')
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ADJECTIVES combining B2 FORM: COMPOUND ADJECTIVES
Can use an increasing range of compound adjectives ('up-to-date', 'state-of-the-art')
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ADJECTIVES combining B2 FORM: PHRASES MODIFYING NOUNS
Can use adjective phrases to modify nouns.
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ADJECTIVES combining C1 FORM: COMPOUND ADJECTIVES
Can use a wide range of compound adjectives ('open-minded', 'above-mentioned', 'well-to-do', 'jaw-dropping')
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ADJECTIVES combining C2 FORM: COMBINING MULTIPLE ADJECTIVES
Can combine more complex, lengthy strings of adjectives, joining the last two adjectives with 'and'.
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ADJECTIVES combining C2 USE: FOCUS
Can use a list of adjectives in ellipted clauses before and after a noun, to give focus. ► focus
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ADJECTIVES comparatives A2 FORM: + -ER
Can form comparative adjectives from adjectives of one syllable by adding '-er'.
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ADJECTIVES comparatives A2 FORM: + -IER
Can form comparative adjectives with adjectives of two syllables ending in '-y' by changing the 'y' to an 'I' and adding '-er'.
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ADJECTIVES comparatives A2 FORM: BEFORE NOUNS
Can use comparative adjectives attributively, before nouns.
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ADJECTIVES comparatives A2 FORM: COMPLEMENT OF 'BE'
Can use comparative adjectives as a complement of 'be'.
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ADJECTIVES comparatives A2 FORM: DOUBLE CONSONANT + '-ER'
Can form comparative adjectives with adjectives of one syllable with a short vowel, by doubling the final consonant and adding '-er'
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ADJECTIVES comparatives A2 FORM: ENDING IN '-E' + '-R'
Can form comparative adjectives with adjectives of one syllable ending in 'e', by adding '-r'.
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ADJECTIVES comparatives A2 FORM: IRREGULAR
Can form irregular comparative adjectives.
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ADJECTIVES comparatives A2 FORM: WITH 'MORE'
Can form a range of comparative adjective phrases using 'more' + longer adjectives (usually three or more syllables).
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