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PRONOUNS generic use B2 USE: 'WE', 'US', GENERAL
Can use 'we' and 'us' to refer to people in general.
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PRONOUNS generic use B2 FORM/USE: GENDER NEUTRAL
Can use 'they/them' to refer back to indefinite pronouns when we do not know the number or gender.
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PRONOUNS generic use B2 FORM/USE: GENDER NEUTRAL
Can use 'he/she', 'he' or 'she' or 'they' to refer back to gender neutral singular nouns or indefinite pronouns when we are not sure of the gender.
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PRONOUNS reciprocal B1 FORM: 'EACH OTHER'
Can use 'each other' as the object of a verb or complement of a preposition to talk about the mutual behaviour of two or more people.
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PRONOUNS reciprocal B2 FORM/USE: 'ONE ANOTHER', FORMAL
Can use 'one another' as the object of a verb or complement of a preposition to talk about the mutual behaviour of two or more people, often in formal contexts.
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PRONOUNS reciprocal C1 FORM: 'EACH ...' + 'THE OTHER(S)', AS COMPLEMENT
Can use 'each' (+ noun or pronoun) as subject followed by 'the other(s)' a complement of a preposition, to refer to two related things. ► pronouns: quantity
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PRONOUNS reciprocal C2 FORM: 'EACH ... THE OTHER(S)', AS OBJECT
Can use 'each' (+ noun or pronoun) as subject followed by 'the other(s)' as object , to refer to two related things. ► pronouns: quantity
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QUESTIONS alternatives A2 FORM: WORD + WORD
Can form alternative questions with two words from the same class combined with 'or'.
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QUESTIONS alternatives B1 FORM: PHRASE + PHRASE
Can form alternative questions with two phrases combined with 'or'.
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QUESTIONS alternatives B1 FORM/USE: 'OR SOMETHING ELSE', VAGUE
Can form alternative question with 'or something else' as the second alternative to a noun phrase, to refer to something non-specific.
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QUESTIONS alternatives B1 FORM: CLAUSE + CLAUSE
Can form alternative questions with two clauses combined with 'or'.
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QUESTIONS alternatives B1 FORM/USE: 'OR NOT'
Can form alternative questions using 'or not' to substitute for a clause, sometimes to express annoyance or impatience.
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QUESTIONS alternatives C1 FORM/USE: STRONG ALTERNATIVE
Can form alternative questions using an extreme alternative to give greater pragmatic force.
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QUESTIONS alternatives C1 FORM/USE: ELLIPTED MODAL, HEDGING
Can form alternative questions with two clauses and ellipsis in the second clause, often as a hedging device.
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QUESTIONS alternatives C2 FORM: ELLIPSIS
Can form alternative questions with two or more clauses and ellipsis in the second or third clause.
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QUESTIONS tags A2 FORM: QUESTION TAGS
Can use a limited range of question tags.
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QUESTIONS tags B1 FORM: NEGATIVE MAIN CLAUSES + AFFIRMATIVE QUESTION TAGS
Can use an increasing range of affirmative 'be', 'do' and 'have' tags with negative main clauses.
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QUESTIONS tags B1 FORM: AFFIRMATIVE MAIN CLAUSES + NEGATIVE QUESTION TAGS
Can use an increasing range of 'be', 'do', 'have' and modal verb tags with negative main clauses.
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QUESTIONS tags B1 FORM: AFFIRMATIVE MAIN CLAUSES + AFFIRMATIVE QUESTION TAGS
Can use an increasing range of affirmative tags with affirmative clauses.
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QUESTIONS tags B1 FORM/USE: 'RIGHT' AS AN INFORMAL TAG
Can use 'right' as a tag in informal contexts.
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