That’s a good point Carole. The use of just is a good example of a qualifying statement. My view is that it’s used to soften a statement to make it appear less forceful. Good point about ‘to be honest’, as well. I hadn’t thought of it in that way! I can see how using it as introduction would draw attention to the rest of the comment! Thanks for linking to that article, I’m going to give it a read!

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