can I write this: The finding that XYZ does ABC argues for a role of XYZ in....., or can "argue for" only be used when in the context of a person arguing (e.g. the authors argue for this theory)
I am asking because I am already using phrases like indicate, propose, shows, point towards etc. too much and I need alternative wordings.
I found one online discussion for this question, but the answers were inconclusive so hope someone can shed some light here.