- Along similar lines, [X] argues that ___.
- There seems to be no compelling reason to argue that ___.
- As a rebuttal to this point, it might be (convincingly) argued that ___.
- There are [three] main arguments that can be advanced to support ___.
- The underlying argument in favor of / against [X] is that ___.
- [X]‘s argument in favor of / against [Y] runs as follows: ___.
- In this [paper], I put forward the claim that ___.
- [X] develops the claim that ___.
- There is ample / growing support for the claim that ___.
- [X]‘s findings lend support to the claim that ___.
- Taking a middle-ground position, [X] claims that ___.
- The data gathered in the [pilot study] suggests / suggest that ___.
- The data appears / appear to suggest that ___.
- The data yielded by this [study] provides strong / convincing evidence that ___. (yielded = generated)
- A closer look at the data indicates that ___.
- The data generated by [X] is / are reported in [table “” not found /]
- The aim of this [section] is to generalize beyond the data and ___.
In modern usage, data can also be treated as a mass / uncountable noun, like information. Before you submit your work, check whether the institution you’re writing for / on behalf of prefers data + plural verb.
- [X] has fostered debate on ___. (fostered = encouraged)
- There has been an inconclusive debate about whether ___.
- The question of whether ___ has caused much debate in [our field of study] [over the years].
- (Much of) the current debate revolves around ___.
- For the sake of discussion, I would like to argue that ___.
- The question under discussion is ___.
- In this paper, the discussion centers on ___.
- [X] lies at the heart of the discussion on ___.
- The available evidence suggests that ___ / points to ___.
- On the basis of the evidence currently available, it seems fair to suggest that ___.
- There is overwhelming evidence corroborating the notion that ___. (corroborating = confirming)
- Further evidence supporting / against [X] may lie in the findings of [Y], who ___.
- These results provide confirmatory evidence that ___.
- The ground covered in this [chapter] by ___ leads to the conclusion that…
- On logical grounds, there is no compelling reason to argue that ___.
- [X] takes a middle-ground position on [Y] and argues that ___.
- On these grounds, we can argue that ___.
- [X]‘s views are grounded on the assumption that ___.
- The main theoretical premise behind [X] is that ___.
- b. [X] and [Y] share an important premise: ___.
- c. [X] is premised on the assumption that ___.
- d. The basic premises of [X]‘s theory / argument are ___.
- e. The arguments against [X]‘s premise rest on [four] assumptions: ___.
Pointing to the Issue
- This study is an attempt to address the issue of ___.
- In the present study, the issue under scrutiny is ___.
- The issue of whether ___ is clouded by the fact that ___. (clouded = made less clear)
- To portray the issue in [X]‘s terms, ___.
- Given the centrality of this issue to [my claim], I will now ___.
- This [chapter] is concerned with the issue of [how/whether/what] ___.
In the Literature
- [X] is prominent in the literature on [Y].
- There is a rapidly growing literature on [X], which indicates that ___.
- The literature shows no consensus on [X], which means that ___.
- The (current) literature on [X] abounds with examples of ___.
- This study draws on research conducted by ___.
- Although there has been relatively little research on / into [X], ___.
- In the last [X] years, [******] research has provided ample support for/to ___.
- Current research appears / seems to validate the view that ___.
- Research on / into ___ does not support the view that ___.
- Further research in this area may include ___ and ___.
- Evidence for [X] is borne out by research that shows ___.
- There is insufficient research on / into ___ to draw any firm conclusions about / on ___.
Opinions are like…(View)
- The consensus view seems to be that ___.
- [X] propounds the view that ___. (propound = put forward for consideration)
- Current research (does not) appear(s) to validate such a view.
- There have been dissenters to the view that ___. (dissenter = someone who disagrees)
- The answer to [X] / The difference between [X] and [Y] is not as clear-cut as popular views might suggest.
- The view that _____ is (very much) in line with [common sense].
- I am not alone in my view that ___.
- [X] puts forward the view that ___.
- [X]‘s views rest on the assumption that ___.