Hedging brainstorm into the gaps

Hedging/ generalising phrases brainstorm into the gaps

Brainstorm at least three different words or expressions which could go into the gaps below to make general statements about people, places, times, things etc. The same words or expressions can sometimes go in more than one gap below.

Section 1

1. _______________________________________ 2,000,000 people live in East Sussex

2. ______________________________________________________________ people

3. ________________________________________________________________likely

4. a/ an __________________________________________________ amount/ number

5. almost ______________________________________________________________

6. very ________________________________________________________________

7. in ____________________________________________________________ places

Section 2

8. It happens ____________________________________________________ often

9. _______________________________________________________________ all

10. ______________________________________________________________ many

11. a/ an ________________________________________________________ minority

12. a _________________________________________________________ proportion

13. according to ________________________________________________________,…

14. fairly _______________________________________________________________

15. virtually _____________________________________________________________

16. there is _______________________________________________________ chance

17. _____________________________________________________________ always

18. could ______________________________________________________________

19. It is usually true that… but ______________________________________________

Mixed up answers

Section 1

 a couple of/ a few/ few/ several/ many/ very many

 absolutely huge/ massive/ huge/ vast/ very large/ large/ good/ considerable/ sizeable/ substantial/ reasonably large/ reasonable/ fair/ fairly limited/ limited/ fairly small/ small/ very limited/ tiny/ absolutely tiny

 all too/ very/ really quite/ quite/ fairly/ not very/ un/ quite un/ fairly un/ very un/ really quite un

 all/ always/ certainly/ every/ never/ no

 around/ approximately/ in the area of/ under/ just under/ nearly/ almost/ fewer than/ more than/ over/ just over

 common/ few/ likely/ little/ many/ occasionally/ often/ probably/ rarely/ seldom/ typical/ typically/ widespread

 one or two/ a couple of/ a few/ several/ many/ a large number of/ very many/ a very large number of/ a huge number of/ the majority of/ the vast majority of/ almost all/ all

Section 2

 absolutely/ almost/ by no means

 absolutely/ virtually/ practically/ basically/ almost/ by no means/ nowhere near

 all/ every/ everyone/ everywhere/ all the time/ every day

 certain/ sure/ large/ small/ common/ often

 every/ a great/ a very good/ a good/ little/ very little/ next to no/ no/ absolutely no

 fairly/ so/ very/ not so

 fairly/ very/ extremely

 it depends on…/ it can also be said that…/ there are exceptions, such as…/ it is occasionally the case that…/ there are also other possibilities, such as…

 large/ substantial/ considerable/ small but significant/ insignificant/ small/ tiny

 many people/ the majority of experts/ the (leading) authority on this topic/ most researchers in the field/ a large number of academics/ a significant number of researchers

 possibly/ potentially/ conceivably

 tiny/ small/ considerable/ substantial/ large/ very large/ huge

Suggested answers

Section 1

1. _________ around/ approximately/ in the area of/ under/ just under/ nearly/ almost/ fewer than/ more than/ over/ just over _______________ 2,000,000 people live in East Sussex

2. _ one or two/ a couple of/ a few/ several/ many/ a large number of/ very many/ a very large number of/ a huge number of/ the majority of/ the vast majority of/ almost all/ all ______________________ people… every hour of every day.

3. _____all too/ very/ really quite/ quite/ fairly/ not very/ un/ quite un/ fairly un/ very un/ really quite un ______________likely

4. a/ an ______absolutely huge/ massive/ huge/ vast/ very large/ large/ good/ considerable/ sizeable/ substantial/ reasonably large/ reasonable/ fair/ fairly limited/ limited/ fairly small/ small/ very limited/ tiny/ absolutely tiny______________ amount/ number

5. almost _________________all/ always/ certainly/ every/ never/ no___________________

6. very ________________ common/ few/ likely/ little/ many/ occasionally/ often/ probably/ rarely/ seldom/ typical/ typically/ widespread ____________________

7. in ________________ a couple of/ a few/ few/ several/ many/ very many_________ places

Section 2

8. It happens ____________ fairly/ very/ extremely_____________ often

9. ________________absolutely/ virtually/ practically/ basically/ almost/ by no means/ nowhere near_________ all

10. ______fairly/ so/ very/ not so_________________________ many

11. a/ an _______________________ large/ substantial/ considerable/ small but significant/ insignificant/ small/ tiny _____________________ minority

12. a ___________ tiny/ small/ considerable/ substantial/ large/ very large/ huge_______ proportion

13. according to _______many people/ the majority of experts/ the (leading) authority on this topic/ most researchers in the field/ a large number of academics/ a significant number of researchers _____________,…

14. fairly ___________ certain/ sure/ large/ small/ common/ often____________

15. virtually _______________ all/ every/ everyone/ everywhere/ all the time/ every day _____________

16. there is _____________every/ a great/ a very good/ a good/ little/ very little/ next to no/ no/ absolutely no _____________ chance

17. _______absolutely/ almost/ by no means __________ always

18. could _____possibly/ potentially/ conceivably _________________

19. It is usually true that… but ______it depends on…/ it can also be said that…/ there are exceptions, such as…/ it is occasionally the case that…/ there are also other possibilities, such as…_________

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