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.