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Avoiding Absolute Words and “I think that”<br />
Absolute Words<br />Are all inclusive<br />Claim there are no exceptions<br />Challenges the reader to find the exceptions...
What words are absolute?<br />all<br />each<br />every<br />none<br />no one<br />nobody<br />never<br />everyone<br />eve...
Revise these sentences—use less sweeping words<br />All studies show that video games increase visual ability and motor de...
What are some less sweeping words you could use?<br />many<br />most<br />few<br />some<br />usually<br />much<br />often<...
Ways to Avoid “I think that”<br />
Other Tips:<br />Proponents, advocates, supporters—use these words when referring to people who are on your side.<br />Opp...
Revise these “I think” sentences.<br />I, along with many others, believe that censorship in schools infringes upon our Fi...
As you continue to draft<br />First start today’s drafting by rereading what you’ve written.<br />Check for absolute words...
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Avoiding Absolute Words

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Avoiding Absolute Words

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

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