Qualifiers & caution

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Qualifiers & caution

  1. 1. Degrees of certainty is not ... not likely ... may ... likely ... is <---------------------------------------------------->
  2. 2. OBJECTIVE it is it may be it could be argued ??HYPOTHETICAL?? I could argue I would argue I think / believe SUBJECTIVE
  3. 3. Modals Can could May might Should ought Would
  4. 4. Generalizations, broad statements all in all by and large on the whole as a rule for the most part broadly generally in general overall on average on balance commonly basically fundamentally essentially in essence ultimately
  5. 5. When a statement does not apply 100% ... primarily practically generally significantly fairly virtually normally sufficiently almost mostly considerably largely usually principally
  6. 6. When a statement applies 100% ... only solely exclusively specifically absolutely entirely
  7. 7. Distancing and qualifying in a way in effect more or less to some extent up to a point ALSO - but only used in the middle of a sentence : ...almost... ...practically... ...virtually... ALSO - begin with various verbs, or verb forms, like I think... I would have thought... I suppose... I guess... I would imagine ...
  8. 8. Commenting on the next idea 'link verb' + adjective + 'that. for example : * It is (essential) that ......... * It seems (apparent) that ......... * It should be (obvious) that .......... certain true doubtful (un)likely apparent probable possible clear obvious evident plain appropriate necessary significant essential important vital strange funny surprising extraordinary
  9. 9. Indicating your personal attitude in my opinion in my view personally as far as I'm concerned to my mind frankly : to be frank honestly : to be honest in fairness : to be fair seriously : to be serious
  10. 10. How clear ? clearly definitely positively similarly obviously distinctly predictably proportionately
  11. 11. How do we know ? rationally intrinsically theoretically logically implicitly technically justifiably inevitably traditionally
  12. 12. How often ? constantly continuously > persistently > reliably > temporarily > rarely continually consistently
  13. 13. When ? previously < ... > initially > subsequently >consequently >eventually >finally >ultimately

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