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#1 Tabaluga

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Posted 06 January 2015 - 06:10 AM

Hi friends,

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.

 

Thanks.


Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#2 bob1

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Posted 06 January 2015 - 01:05 PM

Your usage in the example is fine, especially as any time you write you are arguing a point (even if there is no response). To quote Monty Python "An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition" which is what you are doing when you write your discussion.



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Posted 07 January 2015 - 08:24 AM

Or use a thesaurus such as this one or this


One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.


#4 Tabaluga

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Posted 07 January 2015 - 09:01 AM

Thanks for your comments !
As for a thesaurus, I do use them already and I agree they are a good idea. Unfortunately I've already used many of the proposed (and appropriate) phrases too much... :-)

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#5 Phil Geis

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Posted 22 January 2015 - 04:05 AM

The short-cut phrase is used - based on the tacit assumption that it should be obvious to the reader.  As an editor, I discourage your reuse esp. as you've repeatedly assumed readers agreement . Data neither "indicate nor "argue".  Communication is your responsiblity so please Invest in text that takes the reader through your reasoning even if it is repetitive.


Edited by Phil Geis, 22 January 2015 - 04:09 AM.





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