The curious popularity of “however” in research articles

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There are many ways to signal a change of direction or mood in a piece of text, but the most common is by inserting a “but”—as I’ve just done here. Alternatives such as “although,” “though,” “however,” “yet,” and “nevertheless” generally run a poor second. In research articles, though, the prevalence of “however” increases—especially in some disciplines. In this OUP blog post I consider possible reasons for its popularity, argue for its alternatives, and report advice on where best to place it, if it really has to be used.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputBlog post
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2022


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