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  • 1.
  • 2.
  • 3. TV might be better than reading.
  • 4. TV is possibly better than reading.
  • 5. TV is probably better than reading.
  • 6. TV may be better than reading.
  • 7. TV could be better than reading.
  • 8. TV is better than reading.
  • 9. TV is certainly better than reading.
  • 10. TV is definitely better than reading.
  • 11. TV is absolutely better than reading.
  • 12. TV could be better than reading.
    TV may be better than reading.
    TV might be better than reading.
    TV is certainly better than reading.
    TV is possibly better than reading.
    TV is better than reading.
    TV is probably better than reading.
    TV is definitely better than reading.
    TV is absolutely better than reading.
    Which version do you find the strongest or most convincing?
  • 13. When we talk or write about an issue,
    want to argue a point
    or want to persuade and convince someone of our opinion...
    we choose to use the strongest words we can.
  • 14. We call these words
    MODAL AND ACTIVE WORDS
  • 15. WHAT IS MODALITY?
    Modality is the word used to describe the strength and impact of the word choices we make in our writing.
  • 16. The strength of our word choices is measured in
    what is called DEGREES OF MODALITY.
  • 17. Draw a diagonal line in your workbook.
    HIGH
    MEDIUM
    Label it in degrees
    LOW
  • 18. Rank the following words according to degree of modality
    HIGH
    MEDIUM
    LOW
  • 19. should, may, probably, will hopefully, fortunately, must, shall, possibly, definitely, might, certainly, absolutely, can, could
    HIGH
    MEDIUM
    LOW
  • 20. Degrees of Modality
    could
    can
    certainly
    should
    must
    HIGH
    absolutely
    definitely
    will
    fortunately
    may
    shall
    MEDIUM
    possibly
    probably
    might
    LOW
    hopefully
  • 21. could
    can
    When we use high modal words we are described as using ACTIVE words.
    certainly
    should
    must
    HIGH
    absolutely
    definitely
    will
    MEDIUM
    LOW
  • 22. When we use low modal words we are described as using PASSIVE words.
    HIGH
    MEDIUM
    probably
    might
    LOW
    hopefully
  • 23. could
    Exposition writing needs active words with medium to high modality.
    can
    certainly
    should
    must
    HIGH
    absolutely
    definitely
    will
    shall
    MEDIUM
    fortunately
    may
    possibly
    LOW
  • 24. Re-read you TV or Books exposition piece and re-write sections using active words with greater modality
    could
    can
    certainly
    should
    must
    HIGH
    absolutely
    definitely
    will
    shall
    MEDIUM
    fortunately
    may
    possibly
    LOW