A blog for A Level English Language students and teachers. Started in south London, continued in Essex.
argh, i'm so indecisive...worse than gordon brown even
gordon brown - that would be a pretty good name for this theme, I reckon.That last version was too texty: not enough space for your eyes to breathe.Ant.(fortifying myself with wine & whisky for driving theory test tomorrow am & a weekend of coursework misery)
by the way sir, it's mustard, not beige, you just fit the stereotype i challenged in my coursework...males are just unaware of the "proper" colour terms i suppose.well... it's mustard on my computer.
i didn't know you could take the test if you were nearly ready to draw your pension. good luck!
Aah, a typically picky female...another stereotype. At least you're offering a different interpretation by hedging and suggesting that it could be your computer.
so that's what hedging is...i thought a hedge is a particular word in an utterance, rather than a whole utterance. what is a hedge? i know i should know this but i'm still very confused about all these ENA3 terms.
Well, it's any utterance that *functions* as a hedge - expressing apparent indecision, equivocation, willingness to shift position. An example could be "Personally" which is an adverb perhaps hedging by suggesting that it's a personal point of view and therefore open to dispute/ correction; another might be "kind of" which suggests a lack of exactness. Whether they *are* actually hedges depends very much on what is going on in a conversation and how you read what a person is saying. "Personally" could actually be a very decisive way of expressing a deeply held view. Context, context, context...
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