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Vague language

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In spoken language we do not construct sentences in the same way as we do in written language. We deliberately use a less precise form of the language often called "vague language".

1) - Vague marker: kind of/ sort of / a bit / a little.

  • Possible meaning: the speaker wants to lessen the impact / doesn't want to appear rude.

  • Vague example / non-vague example: I feel kind of sick. / I feel sick.

2) - Vague marker: or something (like that).

  • Possible meaning: the speaker can't be / dosn't want to be precise.

  • Vague example / non-vague example: Let's go and get a drink or something. / Let's go and get a drink.

3) -Vague marker: a couple of.

  • Possible meaning: the speaker doesn't have the exact information.

  • Vague example / non-vague example: she has a couple of things she wants to do. / she has two things she wants to do.

4) - Vague marker: and stuff (like that).

  • Possible meaning: the speaker doesn't think details are important.

  • Vague example / non-vague example: We lay around on the beach and stuff. / We leay around on the beach.

5) - Vague marker: think + might

  • Possible meaning: the speaker doesn't want to sound seem agressive / make a social error.

  • Vague example / non-vague example: I think you might be making a mistake. / I think you are making a mistake.

6 ) - Vague marker: watchmacallit ("Doohickey" and "thingamajig" are equivalents) / thingy.

  • Possible meaning: the speaker can't remember the exact word.

  • Vague example / non-vague example: he's got one of those watchmacallits.

(I recommend you to watch this video about the word "wathcmacallit": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDHfcO_vbQE).

7) - Vague marker: about / around.

  • Possible meaning: the speaker doesn't have the exact information.

  • Vague example / non-vague example: There were about 25.000 fans at the game / There were about 25.221 fans at the game.

8) - Vague marker: and all that.

  • Possible meaning: the speaker doens't want to go into details.

  • Vague example / non-vague example: She shouted at me and all that. / She shouted at me and told me not be so stupid.

Please let me know if you have more vague markers, I'll appreciate it.

Thank you!

12/15/2015, 10:15:27 PM

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https://www.duolingo.com/1queenray

thanks man I wrote everything down

5/28/2018, 4:47:29 PM
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