Using ‘tend to’, ‘that’ clauses and modals in IELTS writing and speaking.
A good skill to learn in academic writing is to soften your language or use what is often called ‘hedging’. This is useful in Discussion essays when you write about others opinions and it is also needed to soften your language so that you don’t generalise too much. This shows that you have a wider range of vocabulary and you can form complex sentences.
This is also very useful in the speaking section when you want to display a wider range of vocabulary and it shows that you can talk naturally.