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    totally essential, entirely determined, completely furious

    Hello teachers,

    I have downloaded a PDF. Here is the link. Explaining intensifying adverbs + non-gradable adjectives.

    Gradable and non gradable adjectives:
    important / essential
    angry / furious
    etc.

    These are adverbs for non gradable adjectives: absolutely - completely - utterly - totally - entirely - pretty -really
    simply - quite


    These are adverbs for gradable adjective: very - awfully - rather - extremely - terribly - fairly - really - pretty
    - quite


    In that PDF it's written: "you can say absolutely enormous/ delicious/ delighted."

    And this is written in that PDF too: "Not all combinations are possible. There is no real reason why we can’t say
    totally essential, entirely determined, completely furious. We just can’t
    !"

    I have problem with the blue written part in that PDF.
    This is my question: Why (totally essential, entirely determined, completely furious) are grammatically incorrect?

    Many thanks in advance.
    Last edited by sb70012; 24-Aug-2013 at 14:15.

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    Re: totally essential, entirely determined, completely furious

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    And this is written in that PDF too: "Not all combinations are possible. There is no real reason why we canít say
    totally essential, entirely determined, completely furious. We just canít
    !"

    I have problem with the blue written part in that PDF.
    This is my question: Why are (totally essential, entirely determined, completely furious) are grammatically incorrect?
    Who has said that they are grammatically incorrect?

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    Re: totally essential, entirely determined, completely furious

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Who has said that they are grammatically incorrect?
    You mean they are correct? You can have look at the PDF.

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    Re: totally essential, entirely determined, completely furious

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    You mean they are correct? You can have look at the PDF.
    I would say that the choices in this entire area lie with the speaker/writer, not with a grammar book. Context is often important in making the choices. The statement "We just can't", is not much of an explanation.

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