You can use a general noun such as ‘aspect’ or ‘approach’ to refer back to an idea you have mentioned previously.
Here are some examples of general nouns from different disciplines. Click on Instructions for more information about the format.
|General nouns followed by a clause (to, when, that, why, which)||Examples|
Reporting is common in Literature Surveys. Here are some examples of reporting.
The tasks below will give you practice with some of these word groups.
If you are writing a Literature Survey, you might also find this language useful:
General nouns such as ‘approach’ or ‘fact’ can be used to refer to an idea that you have already mentioned, or that you are going to mention. They are often followed by clauses. Select the right general noun to fill each of these gaps.
You can use a general noun such as ‘aspect’ or ‘approach’ with a clause to refer back to an idea you have mentioned previously or something you intend to say. Match the sentences on the left with the clauses that follow them.
We use a number of different verbs to report what other researchers have said. Typically these verbs can be followed by ‘that’, as in the following example:
Elson (1994: 152) argues that such policies are unfair.
Which of the following verbs could not be used instead of ‘argues’ to fill the gap in the example?
You can report people that you agree with and you can report people that you disagree with. You can show your agreement or disagreement by the reporting verb you use. Group the following verbs according to whether they show agreement with the claim in the original source or not.