Generalizing and Distancing

We have a number of ways of talking in general, or making general points that may not be true for every case. These may also soften your tone and distance you from the argument. (This is considered good academic style.) We can use:

  • attitude adverbials e.g. on the whole, in general, broadly speaking, generally speaking, generally, by and large, as a rule, in most cases, on average:
    • By and large, artists  don’t make much money from their art.
    • As a result, art is a greater part of the curriculum in primary schools than in secondary schools.
  • verbs and phrases, e.g. tend, seem, appear, have a tendence
September 22, 2016