Friday, October 28, 2005

Claims, Maintains, Argues, States....

...after page upon page of writing with continuous reference to other people's texts, I get stuck repeating the same words over and over. How many different ways can you say someone said something? It's enough to make you want to make up some new words! Here's a list I've jotted down to at least keep some variety in the mix. Does anyone have others to add? It's particularly hard to find good semi-neutral ones.

says
writes
maintains
contends
claims
argues
declares
holds
states
pronounces
remarks
announces
proclaims
affirms
testifies
insists
tells
admits
articulates
attests
professes
communicates
boasts
criticizes
allows
reveals

Next...segways!

18 Comments:

Blogger Jenny D said...

I think you're missing one of my favorites, "asserts" (not quite as suspicious as "claims," but more pointed than "argues").

I prefer the spelling "segues"...

10:38 AM  
Blogger Porkorama said...

Whoa...how did I skip that one? It's actually one of the ones I use most! I've been writing down some others:

points out
illustrates
demonstrates
recalls
describes
theorizes
notes
concedes
posits

1:20 AM  
Blogger Porkorama said...

More:

considers
suggests
acknowledges

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some more specific but still useful verbs:

assumes
deduces (these two are useful in conjunction)
calls for (future research)
indicates

7:19 PM  
Blogger Fiona said...

“I've jotted down to at least keep some variety in the mix. Does anyone have others to add? It's particularly hard to find good semi-neutral ones.” How can I miss all of that?

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