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This paper analyzes the use of as an adjective amplifier by native speakers and advanced learners of English with diverse language backgrounds based on the (ICLE) and the (LOCNESS). The study applies (MuPDARF) to find differences between native speakers and advanced learners and evaluates which factors contribute to learners’ non-target-like use of . The analysis finds language background and adjective-specific differences in the use of between learners and native speakers. It shows that collocational preferences of specific adjective types are the most important factor, which is interpreted to show that differences between native speakers and learners are predominantly dependent upon the collocational profiles of individual adjective types. This finding supports approaches that focus on teaching collocations and contextualizing word use.


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