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ADVERBS adverbs as modifiers B1 USE: FOCUS
Can use an increasing range of focusing adverbs ('particularly', 'especially') to point to or highlight something. ► adverbs: position
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ADVERBS adverbs as modifiers B1 USE: ORGANISING
Can use adverbs as discourse markers to organise text. ► adverbs: position ► Discourse markers
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ADVERBS adverbs as modifiers B1 USE: CERTAINTY
Can use an increasing range of adverbs to indicate degrees of certainty.
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ADVERBS adverbs as modifiers B1 USE: STANCE
Can use an increasing range of adverbs ('completely', 'obviously', 'clearly', 'actually', 'luckily', 'honestly', 'sadly', 'basically', 'obviously', 'hopefully') to indicate an attitude or viewpoint.
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ADVERBS adverbs as modifiers B2 USE: TIME
Can use a wide range of adverbs and adverb phrases to refer to the timing of an event.
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ADVERBS adverbs as modifiers B2 USE: MANNER
Can use a wide range of manner adverbs to modify how something happpens.
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ADVERBS adverbs as modifiers C1 USE: DEGREE, WITH ADJECTIVES
Can use a wide range of adverbs with adjectives to express degree or intensity.
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ADVERBS adverbs as modifiers C1 USE: CERTAINTY
Can use a wide range of adverbs to indicate degrees of certainty.
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ADVERBS adverbs as modifiers C1 USE: STANCE
Can use a wide range of stance adverbs (simply, truly, surely, apparently, naturally, surprisingly, inevitably, literally, exceptionally, frankly, clearly, amazingly, wisely, admittedly) to indicate an attitude or viewpoint, often in clause initial position.
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ADVERBS adverbs as modifiers C2 USE: DISTANCING
Can use adverbs mid clause, to distance the writer from what they are saying.
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ADVERBS adverbs and adverb phrases: types and meanings A1 FORM: 'VERY' + ADJECTIVES
Can use 'very' to modify common gradable adjectives.
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ADVERBS adverbs and adverb phrases: types and meanings A1 FORM: 'VERY' + TIME ADVERBS
Can use 'very' to modify time adverbs. ► adverb phrases
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ADVERBS adverbs and adverb phrases: types and meanings A1 FORM: DEGREE and TIME, MODIFYING VERBS
Can use degree and time adverbs to modify verbs.
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ADVERBS adverbs and adverb phrases: types and meanings A1 FORM: PLACE, COMPLEMENT
Can use place adverbs ('here', 'there') as complements of verbs.
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ADVERBS adverbs and adverb phrases: types and meanings A2 FORM: DEGREE, MODIFYING ADJECTIVES
Can use a range of degree adverbs to modify common gradable adjectives.
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ADVERBS adverbs and adverb phrases: types and meanings A2 FORM: MANNER, MODIFYING VERBS
Can use a limited range of manner adverbs to modify verbs.
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ADVERBS adverbs and adverb phrases: types and meanings A2 FORM: TIME and SEQUENCING, MODIFYING CLAUSES
Can use time and sequencing adverbs to modify clauses and sentences.
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ADVERBS adverbs and adverb phrases: types and meanings B1 FORM: DEGREE, MODIFYING ADVERBS
Can use a limited range of degree adverbs to modify adverbs. ► adverb phrases: form
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ADVERBS adverbs and adverb phrases: types and meanings B1 FORM: MANNER, MODIFYING VERBS
Can use an increasing range of manner adverbs to modify verbs.
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ADVERBS adverbs and adverb phrases: types and meanings B1 FORM/USE: MODIFYING CLAUSES, STANCE
Can use adverbs to modify clauses and sentences to indicate stance or attitude.
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