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Academic Writing Expressions

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Some useful expressions used in academic writing for:

1. Stating your own position on a Subject or Topic

• The aim of this paper is to…

• The point of this article is to…

• It shall be argued in this paper/essay/review that…

• The view presented in this paper/essay/review is that..

2. Presenting your own point of view

• There are many reasons why….

• It is important/necessary to point out that…

• The first thing to be considered is…

• It is a fact that…

• There is some doubt that…

Followed by the following expressions to support your view:

• The first/second reason why….is… or Firstly/Secondly

• The most important…

• In addition, …

• Furthermore, …

• What is more, …

• Another reason is …

• A further point is …

To introduce paraphrases and direct quotes:
1. Stating the view of Another Person on a Subject or Topic Smith (1999, p. 333) In a study of …, Smith (1999, p. 333) | maintains argues asserts claims points out | that… |

Disagreeing with the Views of Others

• Smith (2002, p.123) fails to address the issue when he says ‘…’ because ……

• When Smith (2002, p.123) argues that …. His reasoning is questionable because….

• One of the main arguments against Jones (2004, p. 2) and Smith (2002, p. 1) is that …

• Smith’s (2000) approach/position/methods is/are somewhat inadequate/inaccurate/insufficient because…

4. Indicating a Lack of Knowledge in a Particular Topic or Subject

• Although the research has tended to focus on…..rather less attention has been paid to…

• Although most studies, such as Jones (2004, p. 2) and Smith (2002, p. 1), have emphasised/concentrated on/focussed on….. inadequate /insufficient…..

5. Drawing a Conclusion Using the Work of Others

• ….Based on these authors, a connection can be made between…

• It can be concluded from what Jones (2004, p. 2) and Smith (2002, p. 1) have stated that….. is …

• When Smith’s (2001,...
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