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Hedging is a kind of language use which ‘protects’ your claims.

Using language with a amount that is suitable of can protect your claims from being easily dismissed. It can also help to point the amount of certainty we have in relation to the evidence or support.

Compare the next two texts that are short (A) and (B). You will observe that even though the two texts are, in essence, saying the same thing, (B) has an important level of extra language across the claim. A large amount of this language is performing the purpose of ‘hedging’.

Compare the next two texts that are short (A) and (B). How many differences would you see in the text that is second? What is the function/effect/purpose of each difference?

You will probably notice that (B) is more ‘academic’, however it is important to understand why.

(A) Extensive reading helps students to enhance their vocabulary.

(B) Research conducted by Yen (2005) seems to indicate that, for an important proportion of students, extensive reading may play a role in an improvement within their active vocabulary. Continuer la lecture