Vague language - (vague
= not precise, not clear)Revision:
Past Simple - I guess
approximately, about, usually with figures for time, age, money, i.e.
* You can also say about and around about.(a) bunch of us / people -
- We got to the station around eight.
- It cost around three hundred pounds.
- She's around fifty.
a group of people, i.e.
- A bunch of us went out last night for Sally's birthday. We had a great time.
- A bunch of people *turned up uninvited to Dave's party. We had to call the police.
* turn up
- (Phrasal verb) = to arriveish -
information is not precise or exact; often used about colour, time,
and age, i.e.
- His shirt was blueish, with black dots. (mostly blue)
- I should be there threeish. (about three o'clock)
- She's forty-fiveish. (about forty-five)
- mostly, almost, i.e. - How was the journey? - Pretty much okay, we missed one train but everything else was fine.
sort of -
- I was pretty much happy with my exam results.
when the speaker is not being exact or precise, i.e.
yes and no
- Her suit was a sort of cream colour. (= not exactly cream but similar)
- The music was sort of (like) jazz. (not exactly jazz but having a smiliar sound)
- something is partly true, i.e.- Was the party good?- Yes and no: great food, terrible music.
- Is he a good boss?- Yes and no. He's improved our working conditions, but his instructions are not clear enough.