I received feedback from my tutor saying that my use of “in other words” was hyperbole. My understanding of hyperbole is that it’s exaggerated language. How is “in other words” an exaggeration?

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    Better fit at english.stackexchange.com – corey979 Apr 18 at 5:55
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    @corey979 even there, the question would benefit from an example of the use of the phrase... – Solar Mike Apr 18 at 6:20
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    If you don't understand your feedback from your tutor, they're much better placed than we are to explain what they meant. – Peter Taylor Apr 18 at 7:20
  • @PeterTaylor I sent him an email but he never replied back – Dahlia Apr 19 at 5:28
  • @SolarMike sorry didn’t know about the ‘English’ section – Dahlia Apr 19 at 6:06

It isn't an exaggeration. Maybe they misused hyperbole because it contains "hyper-" and meant that "in other words" is excessive. In other words, maybe they want you to be more concise, since every time you use that phrase you're just repeating yourself (sort of).

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