DISTANCING EXPRESSIONS. Unit 2 New English Advanced.
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New English Advanced
Distancingexpressions are oftenused, particularly in journalismwhere a speaker or writerwants to stress that the information is second-hand and comesfrom a specific source, ratherthanbeingtheirownknowledge or opinion.
Itseemsthatthelesschildrensleep, the more likelythey are tobehavebadly.
Itappearsthatthelesschildrensleep, the more likelythey are tobehavebadly.
Differencebetweenseem and appear.
appearisslightly more formal thanseem
Itwouldseemthatthelesschildrensleep, the more likelythey are tobehavebadly.
Itwouldappearthatthelesschildrensleep, the more likelythey are tobehavebadly.
Thisexpressionis more formal thanItseems/appears
Usingthepassiveis a way of avoidingthenaming of a specificpersonwhoisresponsibleforanaction.
report,say,suggest,think and understand)+that+clause
Salaries are expectedtogodown in a fewmonths.
There are saidtobe more than 200 studentswaitingtojoinourschool.
apparently( verycommon in informal conversation).
Apparently,therewas a robbery last night.
Is shepregnant? Apparently
According to( to specifywhere information comesfrom)
According to the Prime Minister, there´llbe a reduction of unemployement in the nexttwoyears.
May/might ( possiblility)
The peaceconferencemayfind a solution to the problem.