In this study, Fahy analyzed written texts from on online conference of graduate students in a distance learning exercise. He and his team hypothesized that the women's speech would be more "epistolary" in participation style as previously described by other researchers, and would most likely contain more hedges, qualifiers, first and second person pronouns, and parenthetical constructions with the intent of reducing any potential conflict and sustaining ongoing dialog. He likewise hypothesized that the men's speech would be more "expository", using less of the aforementioned forms as well as being more declarative. They also predicted that the men would use a greater number of linguistic intensifiers and would be more prone to flaming and/or rudeness. While their results were not overwhelmingly strong, the numbers did support the base hypotheses of inherent differences in men's and women's discourse. Fahy goes on to discuss what the potential effect upon distance learning may be if professors do not take into account the differences between epistolary and expository styles regardless of the participants' gender.