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ADJECTIVES modifying B2 FORM: WITH 'RATHER A'
Can form adjective phrases with 'rather a' + adjective, often in formal contexts.
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ADJECTIVES modifying C1 FORM: WITH EXTREME ADVERBS
Can modify gradable adjectives with extreme adverbs of degree ('absolutely', 'extremely', 'incredibly', 'totally') to intensify their meaning.
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ADJECTIVES modifying C2 FORM: COMPARISON
Can use adjectives in 'as … as' and 'so … that' in comparative structures. ► comparative clauses
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ADJECTIVES position A1 FORM: ATTRIBUTIVE (WITH NOUNS)
Can use a limited range of adjectives attributively, before a noun. ► noun phrases
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ADJECTIVES position A1 FORM: PREDICATIVE, WITH 'BE'
Can use a limited range of adjectives predicatively, after 'be'.
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ADJECTIVES position A2 FORM/USE: LIMITING ADJECTIVES
Can use a limited range of adjectives ('main', 'only') that limit the noun that they go before.
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ADJECTIVES position A2 FORM: PREDICATIVE, WITH 'BE'
Can use an increasing range of adjectives predicatively, after 'be'.
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ADJECTIVES position A2 FORM: PREDICATIVE, WITH LINKING VERBS
Can use a limited range of adjectives predicatively, after linking verbs 'look' and 'feel'.
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ADJECTIVES position B1 FORM: ADJECTIVES WITH PREFIX 'A-'
Can use adjectives with the prefix a- ('asleep', 'awake', 'alive', 'alone') predicatively only, after linking verbs.
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ADJECTIVES position B1 FORM: ATTRIBUTIVE (WITH NOUNS)
Can use an increasing range of adjectives attributively, before a noun. ► noun phrases
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ADJECTIVES position B1 FORM: WITH 'MAKE' AS OBJECT COMPLEMENT
Can use adjectives as object complement after 'make'.
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ADJECTIVES position B1 FORM: WITH PRONOUN
Can use an adjective or adjective phrase after pronouns like 'something', 'nothing', 'somewhere', 'nowhere'.
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ADJECTIVES position B2 FORM/USE: DEGREE ADJECTIVES BEFORE NOUNS
Can use a limited range of degree adjectives ('real', 'absolute', 'complete') before a noun to express intensity.
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ADJECTIVES position B2 FORM: ATTRIBUTIVE ONLY, TIME ADJECTIVES
Can use the adjectives 'present', 'future', 'former' before a noun.
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ADJECTIVES position C1 FORM: PAST PARTICPLE AS ADJECTIVE
Can use the '–ed' form of a verb as an adjective, after a noun.
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ADJECTIVES position C2 FORM/USE: DEGREE ADJECTIVES BEFORE NOUNS
Can use an increasing range of adjectives before a noun to express intensity.
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ADJECTIVES superlatives A1 FORM: 'MY BEST FRIEND'
Can use the irregular superlative adjective 'best' in the phrase 'my best friend'.
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ADJECTIVES superlatives A2 FORM/USE: COMPLEX NOUN PHRASES
Can form a limited range of complex noun phrases with a superlative adjective + prepositional phrase, to talk about something unique.► noun phrases ► clauses: comparison
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ADJECTIVES superlatives A2 FORM/USE: WITH 'IN' + NOUN
Can use prepositional phrases with 'in' + singular name of a place after a superlative adjective.
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ADJECTIVES superlatives A2 FORM/USE: WITH 'OF' + NOUN
Can use a limited range of prepositional phrases with 'of' after a superlative adjective, to refer to one thing within a set or part of a set.
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