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Language strategies: Endorsing & distancing

Strategy 2: Using intensifiers and limiters

You can increase or decrease the degree of endorsement or distance from perspectives or information presented in a source by using words and phrases which intensify or limit the impact of other grammatical elements; usually verbs or nouns.

Words that intensify or limit the impact of verbs are usually adverbs.

Words that intensify or limit the impact of nouns are usually adjectives.

Note: What you will learn here about the use of intensifiers and limiters overlaps with some aspects of modality. This is because both language mechanisms are used to express degrees of certainty, caution and likelihood. So, you will meet intensifying and limiting words and phrases again in Module 2, Unit 4, section 5.3: Using modality.

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