What language can I use when making general statements

The main principle is to tone down your statements, make them less absolute. For more ideas about this, see hedging.

■ verbs and verb phrases_

■ adverbs of frequency: avoid absolutes like always / never

* usually, normally, generally

* regularly, often, frequently

* sometimes, occasionally, at times, now and again

* rarely, seldom, hardly ever

■ modifying adverbs_

* mainly, primarily, principally, chiefly, above all, overall

* in general, on the whole, as a rule, largely

* for the most part, mostly

* especially, particularly, notably

* clearly, obviously, evidently, distinctly, plainly, noticeably

* significantly

* relatively, comparatively

* somewhat, rather, fairly, quite

* slightly

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