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    • Avoiding Absolute Words and “I think that”
    • Absolute Words
      Are all inclusive
      Claim there are no exceptions
      Challenges the reader to find the exceptions—which then weakens your point and raises doubt.
      Weaken credibility
    • What words are absolute?
      all
      each
      every
      none
      no one
      nobody
      never
      everyone
      everybody
      always
    • Revise these sentences—use less sweeping words
      All studies show that video games increase visual ability and motor development.
      No one has proven that violent video games can directly cause violent behavior in children.
      The media always exaggerates the truth about video games and violence.
    • What are some less sweeping words you could use?
      many
      most
      few
      some
      usually
      much
      often
      generally
    • Ways to Avoid “I think that”
    • Other Tips:
      Proponents, advocates, supporters—use these words when referring to people who are on your side.
      Opponents and critics—use these words when referring to people who disagree with your side
    • Revise these “I think” sentences.
      I, along with many others, believe that censorship in schools infringes upon our First Amendment rights.
      Other people, like Bradley Stephens and Alex Smith, think that when sensitive information is censored, students are protected.
    • As you continue to draft
      First start today’s drafting by rereading what you’ve written.
      Check for absolute words—when you locate them—revise use less sweeping words.
      Also revise “I think that” statements.