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    What is 'I think' in this context?

    I'm reading a letter that has this sentence:

    'A bit more 'creative accounting' on the expenses front, I think.'

    I can't remember the correct terminology to refer to why the writer is using 'I think' in that way, I thought it was a hedge but I don't think it is correct? Could anybody help me identify what it is? And possibly what effect this is having on the sentence? Thank you!

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    Re: What is 'I think' in this context?

    Hi hanw3000. This sounds like linguistics homework. Is it?

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    #3

    Re: What is 'I think' in this context?

    So it's not obvious what "I think" means?


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    #4

    Re: What is 'I think' in this context?

    It is a kind of hedge as the person is turning it into a personal opinion rather than an objective fact.

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    #5

    Re: What is 'I think' in this context?

    Tdol is right, of course. You say "I think" to say that you are expressing your opinion or because you don't want to come across as overly assertive. (I should know. I've done it myself numerous times.)


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    #6

    Re: What is 'I think' in this context?

    It also allows for the possibility that he may be wrong.

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    #7

    Re: What is 'I think' in this context?

    I could be wrong. (I've been wrong before.)

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