Emphasizing Meaning With Intensifiers

The impact of messages becomes stronger when writers avoid the addition of intensifiers, such as 'really', 'actually', 'truly'. These words add an almost slippery flavor to a research report. Such words belong in narrative writing, and a reader who finds them in science may withdraw in suspicion. Check your photocopied articles to see if these words ever appear. The best advice is to eliminate them in your final edit. They are good words to use socially, and are fine even in professional letters, but they do not belong in research reports. Strange as it may sound, your scientific statements are stronger when you omit these ambiguous intensifiers.

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  • pietro
    How to introduce intensifier emphasis?
    8 years ago

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