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CLAUSES comparatives B2 FORM/USE: SUPERLATIVE ADJECTIVE (+ 'THAT')
Can use a superlative adjective (+ noun) (+ 'that') followed by a clause to talk about something unique.
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CLAUSES comparatives B2 FORM: ADJECTIVE + 'ENOUGH' + 'TO'-INFINITIVE
Can use 'enough' after adjectives followed by 'to'-infinitive.
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CLAUSES comparatives B2 FORM: 'THE SAME' (+ NOUN) + 'AS' + CLAUSE
Can use 'the same' (+ noun) + 'as' + clause.
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CLAUSES comparatives B2 FORM: 'RATHER THAN' + NON-FINITE CLAUSE
Can use 'rather than' + a non-finite clause to stress one element in a comparison.
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CLAUSES comparatives B2 FORM: 'AS IF' OR 'AS THOUGH' + FINITE CLAUSE
Can use 'as if' or 'as though' + finite clause to introduce a second clause as a comparison.
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CLAUSES comparatives C1 FORM: SUPERLATIVE ADVERB 'BEST' + CLAUSE
Can use 'the best' as a superlative adverb + pronoun + ellipted 'can' or 'could'.
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CLAUSES comparatives C2 FORM/USE: 'SO ... AS TO', FORMAL
Can use 'so' + adjective + 'as' + 'to'-infinitive clause, usually in formal contexts.
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CLAUSES comparatives C2 FORM: 'AS IF' + NON-FINITE CLAUSE
Can use 'as if' + non-finite clause to introduce a second clause as a comparison.
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CLAUSES coordinated A1 FORM: MAIN CLAUSE + MAIN CLAUSE
Can combine two main declarative clauses using co-ordinating conjunctions ('and', 'but', 'or').
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CLAUSES coordinated A1 FORM: CLAUSE + CLAUSE, ELLIPTED SUBJECT
Can omit the subject in a second main declarative clause when the subject is obvious or the same as the first clause.
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CLAUSES coordinated A2 FORM/USE: MULTIPLE MAIN CLAUSES, INSTRUCTIONS
Can combine multiple main clauses, with commas and conjunctions expressing order, often to give instructions or directions.
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CLAUSES coordinated B1 FORM/USE: MULTIPLE MAIN CLAUSES, NARRATIVE
Can combine multiple main clauses with a range of conjunctions, often in a narrative context.
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CLAUSES coordinated B1 FORM: 'EITHER … OR'
Can combine two main clauses of the same type using 'either' in front or mid position, followed by 'or' to introduce the second clause.
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CLAUSES coordinated B1 FORM: COMBINING CLAUSES OF THE SAME TYPE
Can combine clauses of the same type, main or subordinate, finite or non-finite, with conjunctions.
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CLAUSES coordinated B2 FORM/USE: 'NEITHER … NOR', EMPHASIS
Can combine two main clauses of the same type using 'neither' in front or mid position, followed by 'nor' to introduce the second clause, for emphasis.
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CLAUSES coordinated B2 FORM/USE: 'NOT ONLY … BUT (ALSO)', FOCUS
Can combine clauses using 'not only' in mid position of the first clause followed by … 'but (also)' to introduce the second clause, to give focus.
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CLAUSES coordinated C1 FORM/USE: 'NOT ONLY … BUT (ALSO)' WITH INVERSION, FOCUS
Can combine clauses using 'not only' in front position followed by an inverted first clause + … 'but (also)' to introduce the second clause, to give focus.
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CLAUSES coordinated C2 FORM/USE: NEGATIVE CLAUSE + 'NOR', FOCUS
Can combine a negative clause with an inverted clause with 'nor', to give focus.
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CLAUSES declarative A1 FORM: AFFIRMATIVE DECLARATIVE
Can form simple affirmative declarative clauses.
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CLAUSES declarative A1 FORM: NEGATIVE DECLARATIVE WITH 'BE'
Can form a simple negative declarative clause with lexical 'be' + 'not' or 'n't'.
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