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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (December 8, 2008)
 


Moderating your Modals

When expressing opinions, people often resort to the use of the modal verbs, must, should, ought and need.

Beware, however, because using a modal verb can act to cut off the discussion with another person. Once someone is told they should do something, it is pretty much the final word.

In writing, be more moderate and use words like might, may and could. This way, you’ve left some room for the other person to respectfully disagree.

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