Generalising/ hedging key words and collocations games

Use as many words as you can from below to make generalisations and discuss them, e.g. disagreeing with or asking more questions about your partner’s generalisations. You can use several words below at the same time if you like. You can use any topic and change topic as many times as you like. The person who has used most words at the end of the game is the winner.

a

all

almost

always

amount

certainly

common

considerable

could

definitely

every

fairly

few

fewer

fraction

general

generalise

good

huge

in

just

large

less

likely

limited

little

majority

many

minority

much

must

never

no

sure

not

number

occasionally

occasions

often

on

only

over

percentage

perhaps

possibly

potentially

probably

rarely

really

seldom

simplification

simplify

small

some

sometimes

somewhat

substantial

tend

than

the

tiny

to

typically

un

under

vast

very

widespread

fair

couple

average

certain

Make as many collocations as you can from the words and prefixes above. You can use the same word and prefix more than once. This can be also played as a game for points, with one point for each correct collocation that no one has come up with so far.

Suggested collocations

Many others are possible

a + considerable/ fair/ good/ huge/ large/ limited/ small/ tiny/ vast + amount/ number

a + good/ small/ tiny + percentage

a + small/ tiny + fraction

almost + all/ always/ certainly/ every/ never/ no

certainly/ definitely + not

could+ perhaps/ possibly/ potentially

couple/ few/ many/ much/ some + of + the

fairly + certain/ sure

fairly + large/ small

fairly/ really/ very + common

in + general

just + over/ under

many/ much + fewer/ less + than

on + average

on+ some + occasions

only + rarely/ sometimes

over+ simplification

really+ must

small/ substantial/ tiny + minority

tend + to

the+ vast+ majority

to + over- + generalise/ simplify + somewhat

un + common

very +  few/ likely/ little/ many/ occasionally/ often/ probably/ rarely/ seldom/ typically/ widespread

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