First and foremost: My apologies if this question has already been asked - I tried to search for it but didn't really know how such a question would have been asked, so I didn't find anything.
Anyway, I am currently working on an essay in which I analyse the use of literary devices in news articles and I am discussing the use of hyperboles and the effects thereof on the reader. I was writing the following sentence: "The careful use of hyperbolic statements in the way the BBC has done might cause the reader to believe that [...]" when I started wondering whether or not I should use words such as "might" or "possibly" in such cases. On the one hand it seems fair to do so because the interpretation of the hyperboles might be different for everyone, on the other hand it might take away from the credibility of my essay and I do remember teachers really disliking phrases such as "I think" and although that seems to be a completely different sentence, I am afraid it might have the same effect.
If it is of any importance: It's for my Extended Essay (IB) so it is being marked externally, so I cannot ask a teacher what they'd prefer and I don't know what the IB would prefer either (or if it even has a unanimous preference). And although it might not even matter that much, especially not in an essay of 4000 words, I think it might be of use for other essays as well
Using words like "possibly" "could" and "might" in an English analytical essay
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