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Old 4th Apr 2007, 06:55   #1
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alternative to phrase "it can be argued"

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Old 4th Apr 2007, 06:56   #2
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arguably
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Old 4th Apr 2007, 06:59   #3
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Some would argue
Some would suggest
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Old 4th Apr 2007, 07:03   #4
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Don't be stupid that is obviously wrong!

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Old 4th Apr 2007, 07:03   #5
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Old 4th Apr 2007, 07:10   #6
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Well according to The Guardian ......
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Old 4th Apr 2007, 07:22   #7
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Old 4th Apr 2007, 07:27   #8
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Conversly(sp?)???
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Old 4th Apr 2007, 07:32   #9
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It could be suggested that?
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Old 4th Apr 2007, 07:34   #10
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Conversely
That doesn't mean "it can be argued"
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Old 4th Apr 2007, 07:34   #11
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Some would argue
Some would suggest
I'm guessing this is for a dissertation? If so the following would not really be suitable. They are quite picky so would get comments like "who would argue?".
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Old 4th Apr 2007, 07:59   #12
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On the other hand...


On the other foot...
On the other leg....

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Old 4th Apr 2007, 08:02   #13
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On the other hand...
That is what conversely means, but it isn't the same as saying "it can be argued".
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Old 4th Apr 2007, 08:11   #14
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some would submit that
it can be mooted that
some adhere to the theory that

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Old 4th Apr 2007, 08:15   #15
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I'm guessing this is for a dissertation? If so the following would not really be suitable. They are quite picky so would get comments like "who would argue?".
Which is fair enough really. Both "it can be argued" and "some would argue" are wishy-washy phrases that people use if they're not sure who thinks that and to what extent it's a valid or widespread opinion. It comes across that you've thought of something yourself out of the blue, aren't confident about whether it's a new idea or not, imagine that some people have probably thought the same before, and haven't put in the effort to find out if that's the case or not. Instead you should be making it clear whether you're explaining other people's opinions (in which case you should say whose opinions they are) or have an idea of your own (if that's appropriate), in which case again you should say so, perhaps with explanations of how it agrees or disagrees with previous ideas and why in your opinion it is a feasible or reasonable opinion.
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Old 4th Apr 2007, 08:18   #16
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Id try and avoid using that phrase entirely, its weasel words, the sort of phrase that Fox News uses a lot. The whole some people think etc is used as a way of presenting any opinion with added credibility.

Ask yourself this who is arguing this, why not point out who?

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Old 4th Apr 2007, 08:19   #17
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Both "it can be argued" and "some would argue" are wishy-washy phrases that people use...
Ha, yeah. What PinkPig said!

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Old 4th Apr 2007, 08:25   #18
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Which is fair enough really. Both "it can be argued" and "some would argue" are wishy-washy phrases that people use if they're not sure who thinks that and to what extent it's a valid or widespread opinion. It comes across that you've thought of something yourself out of the blue, aren't confident about whether it's a new idea or not, imagine that some people have probably thought the same before, and haven't put in the effort to find out if that's the case or not. Instead you should be making it clear whether you're explaining other people's opinions (in which case you should say whose opinions they are) or have an idea of your own (if that's appropriate), in which case again you should say so, perhaps with explanations of how it agrees or disagrees with previous ideas and why in your opinion it is a feasible or reasonable opinion.
Nah I disagree. Perhaps they can be used that way, but they are not used that way exclusively.
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Old 4th Apr 2007, 08:26   #19
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"It could be disputed"

controvert / controverted means to counter argue

"It could be controverted "

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/controvert

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/controverted
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Old 4th Apr 2007, 10:16   #20
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'Evidence suggests that' then cite said evidence either in footnotes or in the body of the text.


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That doesn't mean "it can be argued"
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