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Writing in English a Practical Handbook for Scientific and Technical Writers

Writing in English a Practical Handbook for Scientific and Technical Writers

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Agreeing and disagreeing are typical elements of spoken English but may also appear in
scientific writing. When writers want to compare their findings with those of other scientists,
they may have to express their agreement or disagreement. For example:

* These results agree with the findings of X's research …

Other contexts in which phrases expressing agreement appear in scientific literature include
making assumptions or conclusions.:

Assumption

It is generally agreed that …

Conclusion

In the previous chapter, we agreed to …

What language can I use to express agreement?

The following verbs and phrases express varying degrees of agreement. Verbs such as agree
are normally used in the active form with a personal subject (except in the examples given
above).

* We entirely agree with his views on …
* We are in complete agreement with …
* We would (strongly) endorse X's opinion on …
* Our findings support those of …
* We would agree with X in principle, but …
* By and large, we accept what X says, but …

How can I express disagreement

There are a variety of verbs and other phrases for expressing disagreement. In particular,
some phrases are useful when refuting, or arguing against, another scholar's findings.

* We completely disagree with X on this point.
* We are in total disagreement with …
* (Regretfully), we are unable to accept X's conclusion that …
* We are not at all convinced by X's argument that …
* We have to say that X's argument is somewhat unconvincing.

Some linking phrases for contradicting what someone else has written:

* In actual fact, …
* In point of fact, …
* On the contrary, …

Here are some phrases for expressing partial or tentative disagreement:

* We agree with X's findings up to a point, but …
* X may be right in certain respects, but our findings show that …
* We respect X's work in this area, but our initial conclusions indicate that …

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