When speaking in an academic context, it is common to avoid making strong statements. This enables the speaker to discuss different ideas without committing to any particular theory.
Heading with Be
When hedging with be, use adverbs to show the degree of certainty of the statement.
certainly/definitely clearly/probably possibly perhaps
It is clearly true that….
It is probably
It is perhaps
Heading with can/could
It can be said that
It could be argued that
“It” is often used as the subject in hedging sentences, referring to the later clause. The passive voice is also often used. Both these factors make the sentence seem more objective.
It could be said that group work is the most popular way to work.
Rewrite these sentences using hedging language.
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