Grammar Lesson: Most/ Almost / Almost all

How to use: Almost all / Most / Almost.

A quick grammar lesson here. Let’s take a look at some common grammar mistakes using the word most / almost / almost all. Remember that the IELTS examiners mark you on your grammar in the speaking and writing section.


Wrong: Almost the people in my office are from London.’

Correct: Almost all the people in my office are from London’

In the correct example above it is also possible to say ‘Most of the people in my office are from London.’ There is no difference in meaning.

In the correct example below, putting ‘of’ beforeBritish people’ is not possible.

Wrong:
‘Almost British people like football.’

Correct:
Most British people like football’

Correct:
Almost all British people like football’

 

Rules:

A) Almost + verb/ everyone/ everything/ anyone/ anybody / nobody  (it can also be used as an adverb to mean ‘nearly’)

Examples:

1. Almost anyone can ride a bike.

2. I almost broke the cup. (as an adverb)

3. Almost nobody spoke to the new employee.

4. Almost everything he said made no sense.

5. My car almost ran out of petrol, luckily i found a petrol station.  (as an adverb)


B) Almost all + noun /
Most + noun / Almost all of + noun

Examples:

1. Almost all enviromental problems are caused by human activity.

2. Most pollution in cities is caused by exhaust fumes from privately owned vehicles.

3. Almost all of the people I know work overtime these days.

4. Most new cars are very fuel efficient

5. Almost all of the economic issues today can be solved by tough governmnet policies

 

Which of these sentences are correct?

 

1. Almost I forgot to lock the door.

2. Almost all crimes are the result of poverty and bad education.

3. Almost Japanese people eat rice everyday.

4. That car almost ran into me !

5. Most everyone I met at the party was younger than me.

6. Almost nobody knew about the new internet copyright laws that came into effect.

7.  Almost all of the money he made was from smart business ideas.

8. Most of the time I am very busy.

Check your answers below..

 

1. Almost I almost forgot to lock the door

2. Almost all crimes are the result of poverty and bad education. (correct) 

3. Almost Most Japanese people eat rice everyday.

4. That car almost ran into me ! (correct) 

5. Most Almost everyone I met at the party was younger than me.

6. Almost nobody knew about the new internet copyright laws that came into effect. (correct) 

7.  Almost all of the money he made came from smart business ideas. (correct) 

8. Most of the time I am very busy. (correct) 

 


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