What It Takes to Maintain the Biggest Hedges in the U.K.
What Is Hedging?
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In pragmatics, a hedge is a mitigating word, sound or construction used to lessen the impact of an utterance due to constraints on the interaction between the speaker and addressee, such as politeness, softening the blow, avoiding the appearance of bragging and others. Typically, they are adjectives or adverbs, but can also consist of clauses such as one use of tag questions. It could be regarded as a form of euphemism. Hedges are considered in linguistics to be tools of epistemic modality; allowing the speaker to signal his or her degree of confidence in a connected assertion. Hedges are also used to distinguish items into multiple categories, where items can be in a certain category to an extent.
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