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Giving Your Opinion: Expressing uncertainty and likelihood

When we give our opinion about something, we can use the past tense of the modal verb will to convey uncertainty or hypothesis. The past tense of will is would.  Uncertainty/Hypothesis I would think that It would seem that It would seem to me that I would imagine that I would guess that I would imagine that we’re going to be working remotely for the time being. It would seem that …

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Being Diplomatic: Using the Past Tense

In the last lesson we explained how to use softeners to be diplomatic. Now we’ll give you another way to speak diplomatically: using the past tense. In English, you can use the past tense to diplomatically express disappointment. It can also be used more generally. Expressing disappointment: We were looking for … I was hoping for … We were expecting … We had in mind … We had hoped … …

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Direct vs Diplomatic: Using Softeners

In the last two lessons we’ve covered some specific expressions you can use to negotiate and reach agreement. Today we’ll look at some general guidelines for expressing opinions and making demands more diplomatically. In English, we use words and phrases that are known as “softeners” to make a direct expression more diplomatic. They’re called “softeners” because they make your demand or criticism softer, less harsh. Examples of softeners: seem(s) unfortunately possibly …

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