One thing that beginning writers do is they use the same words over and over repeatedly. It is almost as if they have found a word they like and they cannot use it enough. (Okay, I am sometimes guilty of using the word “recalcitrant” more than I should, so I know how they feel. It’s like using the word “titillation” if you are a teen-aged boy. Maybe you don’t even know what it means, but it sounds so…forbidden.)
So, what is to be done? Right click on your mouse and find a synonym for the word, my friend! That’s why it’s there.
In academic writing, you sometimes need to say that a certain author has stated something, so rather than write “he or she says” time and time again, try one of these words:
He argues that…
She contends …
He maintains such and such…
She claims abc and xyz….
He posits… (Note that this is a graduate-level word)
Do you see how things can get a whole lot more interesting by changing things up a bit? You can vary your wording and thereby keep your professor from falling asleep while reading your document (which is a good thing).
Are there any questions you have about writing or grammar? Just ask!