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Think about whether the following words and phrases add much to your message and whether they make your speech and writing more persuasive or less persuasive. Take care: sometimes, you must be equivocal — for example, when naming an "alleged" murderer! When used sparingly, qualified statements temper your argument and can make you sound more nuanced, subtle, and understated, and therefore more persuasive. However, don't overdo hedge words (eg, "seems to suggest", "may appear as rather likely"). Too many hedge words deplete your argument of its strength and meaning.
List of Hedge Words And Phrases
- in general
- kind of
- more or less
- pretty (eg, pretty strong, pretty weak)
- quite clearly
- really quite
- sort of
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