Degrees of Certainty

Do you know how to express different levels of certainty about the facts or opinions you want to present in your text?

Look at the difference.

Girls are better at learning languages than boys. = The author is 100 % sure.

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There is some evidence to prove that girls may be better at learning languages than boys.

It can be argued that girls are better at learning languages than boys.

We can presume that all humans have the ability to learn a second language. = believe something to be true because it seems very likely

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Write five facts or opinions related to your field of study using chosen words from the list below.

  • There is a tendency
  • Of course it is
  • There is every likelihood that
  • Is/are considered
  • Undoubtedly
  • There is some evidence that
  • We can presume that
  • It would seem/appear that
  • It may well
  • The perception of
  • It can be argued that
  • It may not be the case that