Grammarly Spotlight: Why Hedging Language Undermines Your Writing

Why Hedging Is a Problem

There are a few reasons a writer might hedge. Hedging makes your statements less direct, and sometimes that feels more polite, especially if you’re expressing disagreement or criticism. Hedging can also feel like an escape hatch. If you turn out to be wrong, well, it was just a random thought you had . . . But the feeling of safety you get from hedging is only that: a feeling. In reality, hedging makes you look uncertain and unconfident.

How to Avoid Hedging

Hedging can become such an ingrained habit that it’s hard to even notice yourself doing it. Our new check alerts you to phrases that undermine your message and offers you clear and confident wording to use instead. Curious to see what it can do? Read on.

1 I think . . .

Hedging: I think we should set up a meeting.

Confident: Let’s set up a meeting.

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