Qualifiers. They're unnecessary frills and furbelows clogging up our writing.* Just get on with it. Say it. Be confident. Don't hedge your bets with qualifiers. We all do it - I know I'm a culprit, but I edit the tentative 'I think' out of the sentence before I show it to anyone. (And sometimes the I know, but decided to leave that one in.)
This post was inspired by coming across the following in a student covering letter: I feel I have been a high achiever. I feel??? Doesn't that imply that, while the writer feels they've been a high achiever, the actual high achievements they should have received have eluded them. I have been a high achiever, implies straight As - which was the situation in this particular case.
"It was a very large horse." Was it really? Wasn't it just a large horse? Or perhaps a Shire horse, or bigger than a house, or ginormous, or vast or seventeen hands at the shoulder or anything apart from very large.
I think qualifiers weaken your prose. Actually, it's not just me who thinks that, and I feel I can prove it by writing: Qualifiers weaken your prose. I can prove it.
Of course, sometimes you want to soften what you say so you don't appear a deranged dictator, which is when qualifiers come in handy. I think. But for the most part, don't be tentative, use strong nouns and verbs so the qualifiers are redundant. Have courage and make statements.
*I originally wrote 'They're like unnecessary frills...'