Reporting verbs and message

25 May

Reporting verbs and message


Acknowledge
Ask
Confirm
Determine
Express
Infer
Reject
Add
Assert
Contend
Discuss
Formulate
List
Reveal
Admit
Assume
Convey
Doubt
Identify
Maintain
Show
Advise
Caution
Declare
Endorse
Illustrate
Postulate
State
Advocate
Concede
Define
Establish
Imply
Propose
Stress
Agree
Concentrate
Deny
Examine
Include
Presume
Suggest
Argue
Condone
Describe
Explore
Indicate
Refute
Survey
Examples of reporting verbs
The message
Say, write, document, report, study
Giving factual information
View, believe, think, regard, consider, reflect
What the author thought
Categorise, assess, examine, use, compare, contrast, focus on, explain
Emphasise, invoke, note, point out, reason, posit, hypothesise, remark, detail
The procedure/ How the author did it
Find, observe, obtain, associate, conclude, recommend
What the author found
Challenge, dismiss, dispute, diverge from, object to, oppose,
Considers the cited author’s position
Demonstrate, identify, improve, recognize, substantiate, highlight, confirm, prove
Your evaluation of the work
confuse, disregard, ignore, misuse, neglect, misinterpret, generalize, insist
Your negative evaluation of the work
Adapted from Chen (2001, p. 81) ‘Ways of knowing, ways of citing: a study of Chinese graduate students’ citation behaviour in thesis writing’

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