Element FORM/USE: DEGREE ADJECTIVES BEFORE NOUNS
SuperCat ADJECTIVES
SubCat position
Lexical Range 1
Level B2
Cando Can use a limited range of degree adjectives ('real', 'absolute', 'complete') before a noun to express intensity.
Corrected Learner Example When tourists arrive, there is no area to park. This is a real problem and our town is becoming very dangerous for children; every week there is an accident. (France; B2 VANTAGE; 1993; French; Pass)

Making friends is easy but to get a real, true friend is hard. (Malaysia; B2 VANTAGE; 2008; Tamil; Pass)

Suddenly the lights went out and I found myself standing in complete darkness. (Sweden; B2 VANTAGE; 1993; Swedish; Pass)

After the teacher had told us to start, there was absolute silence. (Switzerland; B2 VANTAGE; 1993; German; Pass)
Uncorrected Learner Example First of all, during the Summer, when tourists arrive, there is no area to park; this is a real problem and our town is becoming very dangerous for the children; every week there is an accident. (France; B2 VANTAGE; 1993; French; Pass)

Making friends is easy but to get a real, true friend, is hard. (Malaysia; B2 VANTAGE; 2008; Tamil; Pass)

Suddenly the lights went out and I found myself standing in complete darkness. (Sweden; B2 VANTAGE; 1993; Swedish; Pass)

After the teacher had told us to start, there was absolute silence. (Switzerland; B2 VANTAGE; 1993; German; Pass)
Comments This form/use is restricted to the attributive, ie before nouns – not verbs

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