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This paper investigates and contrasts recurrent intensifier collocations across a corpus of EFL writing - The International Corpus of Learner English - ICLE (Granger, 1993) and The Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English - MICASE (Simpson et al., 2002). It seeks to show that such recurrent collocations are an important part of writers and speakers' linguistic repertoire and that they may provide a window onto their lexicon. On general grounds, the results indicate that there is a greatdoi:10.1590/s0102-44502004000200002 fatcat:yk5rgwmqojdjnmym73elfz4hwq