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Language strategies: endorsing & distancing

In this section you will learn how to use a range of language strategies to effectively indicate your degree of alignment with the evidence you are using from your sources.

English has a range of language strategies for indicating relative endorsement of, and distance from, statements and evidence. Some of these are very subtle and it takes practice to become familiar with them. We will look at five of the most common strategies:

  1. Using evaluative verbs
  2. Using intensifiers and limiters
  3. Using modality
  4. Using concessive conjunctions
  5. Using passive verbs
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