Element USE: HYPERBOLE
SuperCat DETERMINERS
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Level C1
Cando Can use determiners in hyperbole, often in informal contexts ('millions of', 'loads of', 'tons of').
Corrected Learner Example My kitchen is absolutely cramped. I love cooking and despite the fact that I have no space, I managed to fit in a table as well as millions of cookbooks and all the necessary kitchen tools. (German, C1 EFFECTIVE OPERATIONAL PROFICIENCY, Pass, 2000)

I'm going to make loads of cookies this year and will give them in nice little boxes to my family and friends. (German, C1 EFFECTIVE OPERATIONAL PROFICIENCY, Pass, 2008)

I received tons of plastic ducks every time I had my birthday or some kind of celebration. (Greek, C1 EFFECTIVE OPERATIONAL PROFICIENCY, Pass, 2008)
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