Word of the Week

wowWith its 120th word, Word of the Week has now come to an end. We hope you enjoyed this free feature and that it has given you an insight into the thinking and research behind the English Vocabulary Profile.

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Word of the week: more

The word more is a determiner, pronoun and adverb. Learners meet it at a very early stage but, as the entry shows, their knowledge of this word extends into the B levels, with the phrases once more, more and more and more or less. What’s more is also picked out as a phrase at B2 level and appears in the core results for more. Thanks to the electronic nature of the English Vocabulary Profile, there is a great deal of useful information just a mouse click away. Happy browsing!
 
To view the full entry for more on the English Vocabulary Profile, please click here.

Word of the week: immediate

The adjective immediate first appears at B2 in the English Vocabulary Profile. Learners know the more frequent adverb immediately at A2, but the two meanings for immediate given in the entry below, WITHOUT WAITING and IMPORTANT NOW, are at a higher level of competence. One further meaning of the adjective will be added at C1 level, that of CLOSEST, as in the dictionary examples There are few facilities in the immediate area and His immediate family have been informed. Roland Hindmarsh, who produced the landmark Cambridge English Lexicon more than thirty years ago, put this meaning at his level 6, which corresponds to C1. Hindmarsh’s work has been a useful additional source for this project and, where the language hasn’t changed, it remains an impressively accurate ‘graded word list’, which was painstakingly prepared without the benefits of 21st century computer technology.
 
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Word of the week: hand

The word hand is a noun and a verb, and also features in several phrasal verbs. Three of these are included up to B2 level: hand in, hand out and hand over. At the C levels, the phrasal verb hand down will be added. As with previous entries for parts of the body, the noun appears in several idioms at C2, including get/gain the upper hand, get out of hand and have your hands full. The phrase hand in hand is included in the entry below at B2 with the literal meaning of holding hands, whereas the idiom go hand in hand will appear at C1. This is a common idiom, with substantial evidence of learner use in the Cambridge Learner Corpus – our policy in the English Vocabulary Profile is to restrict inclusion to frequent idioms for which there is also some learner evidence.
 
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