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Life through adverbs
Adverbs have a habit of reducing impact:
Fortunately, some give strength and life. We can see that [very] adds no extra information; it’s not exactly life giving.
However, there is a little family of adverbs who are perfect for communicating subtleties, imprecision or uncertainty. The modality family are cautious with their words and are invaluable because they add further information:
Whereas [very] does not enhance, [definitely] and [clearly] add information.
So, before you throw out the whole adverb family, remember, everyone has a talent.
Here are a few of members of the family:
Modality is the difference between a factual assertion and a cautious view:
Let words speak for themselves: cultivate the habit of using adjectives and adverbs to make your meaning more precise, and be careful of those you find yourself using to make it more emphatic.
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