Conversational structures

Posted by Manjusha. Filed in English Grammar

Must to express inference or probability

Read the following sentences.

In the examples given above, must does not express compulsion or obligation, but inference.

Can be + adjective

Consider the sentence given below.

He is not always annoying, but occasionally he is.

The same idea can be expressed using the structure can be + adjective.

Plenty of, a lot of, a great deal of, much, many

Longer phrases like plenty of, a lot of, a great deal of, a long way and a long way off are generally preferred in affirmative sentences. Shorter forms like many, much, far and far off are preferred in negatives and questions.

Many and far may be occasionally used in the affirmative, but much is almost never used in that way. The longer forms are almost never used in the negative and occasionally used in questions.

Do a lot of + gerund

This structure is used to emphasize the frequency with which we perform an action.

Sections in this article

Verb patterns - I
Verb patterns - II
Verb patterns - III
Conversational structures