Category Archives: hedges

what is “measured” writing?

I was recently part of a small discussion on another social media platform where someone reported that their supervisor had said their writing wasn’t sufficiently “measured’. Without seeing the actual work it was pretty hard to understand what the supervisor … Continue reading

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Should I write as an ‘I’?

Is the use of ‘I’ acceptable practice in doctoral writing? I often get asked this question, as do most people who talk about writing. I’ve been asked this a lot again recently, so I thought it might be worth posting … Continue reading

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making authoritative claims

Compared to – let’s say journalists for argument’s sake – we academics are generally a lot less prepared to say anything for absolute certain. Why do we do this? Do we simply love complexity and being vague? Well of course … Continue reading

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