Sometimes, sort of, well, just, maybe, might, quite (oh this one gets me, I use it as an affectation, voice, but it goes too far), bit, somewhat, kind of (kinda - can't let it slip through this way!), very, mostly, pretty
Now sometimes we want to create doubt for solid reasons, but it's important to recognize the difference. Here's a great table from http://writingcenter.unc.edu/
|Will||May, might, could|
|Forms of “be” (am, is, are, was, were)||May be, might have been, may have been|
|All||Many, most, some, numerous, countless, a majority|
|Every||(Same as “all”)|
|None/no||Few, not many, a small number, hardly any, a minority|
|Always||Often, frequently, commonly, for a long time, usually, sometimes, repeatedly|
|Never||Rarely, infrequently, sporadically, seldom|
|Impossible||Unlikely, improbable, doubtful|
Do you find yourself using qualifiers in your writing? Do you use them in real life too? I know I do. It's just not as easy for my inner editor to take them back!
My Q horse was an easy one too. This pretty boy's name is Quest Star. He's a 16yo arab gelding. He's had a rough life and we'll probably never know all of it. When he was young, his owner committed suicide and didn't make any arrangements for someone to take care of Star. He was half-starved when he managed to escape. We think he's had a trailer accident because he's afraid of the trailer when he's alone, but will follow another in easily. He won't eat in the trailer even if you stuff a carrot in his mouth. He's got a scar that runs most of the length of his back and a caved-in cheek. He's a spooky boy, and when he gets scared, he won't listen to his human at all.
Star is also one of the best bred, best conformed horses I've ever owned. He's wonderful to ride as long as he's with another well-behaved horse. He can go any speed from top-ten endurance speeds to nose-to-tail dude rides. He's done two 50 mile rides, one in WY and another near Moab in Utah.
Maybe (darn qualifier) someday we'll figure him out enough to do a 100 miler.