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Cautious Language and Hedging

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❶Also, most individuals familiar with economic trends would know that the causes of economic issues are complex, so this statement is easily contested.

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The fruit of the plant looks like a small, green pumpkin and is used in many traditional Asian dishes for its sour flavor. In the skin of the fruit, there is a large amount of a natural substance called Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA). This is the active ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia extract… that is, the substance that produces the weight loss effects. Bottom Line: Garcinia Cambogia is a plant often used in Asian recipes.


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Hedging It is often believed that academic writing, particularly scientific writing, is factual, simply to convey facts and information. However it is now recognised that an important feature of academic writing is the concept of cautious language, often called "hedging" or "vague language".

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In academic writing, it is prudent to be cautious in one’s statements so as to distinguish between facts and claims. This is commonly known as “hedging.” Hedging is the use of linguistic devices to express hesitation or uncertainty as well as to demonstrate politeness and indirectness.

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It is often believed that academic writing, particularly scientific writing, is factual. However an important feature of academic writing is the concept of cautious language, or "hedging". It is necessary to make decisions about your stance on a particular subject, or the strength of the claims you are making. Myers accounts for hedging in academic writing as one of a range of politeness strategies: P. Crompton Hedging is a politeness strategy when it marks a claim, or any other statement, as being provisional, pending acceptance in the literature, acceptance by the community-in other words, acceptance by the readers.

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In academic writing, hedging involves using language that is tentative or qualifying in nature to enable you to maintain an attitude of objectivity; academic readers often associate objectivity (among other things, like quality research) with the writer’s credibility. Abstract - Academic writing is rich in hedged propositions. By allowing writers to express their uncertainty concerning the factuakty of their statements or to indicate deference to their readers, epistemic devices are a significant charac- teristic of academic writing.