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Palinkasocsi
Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 4:10:31 AM
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Dear Friends,

What else could you use instead of 'new' in an academic essay in:

I propose a new theory.

('revolutionary' would be too strong, I think)

Thank you!

Pal
thar
Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 4:44:12 AM

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Yes, revolutionary is a bit dramatic.

Nothing wrong with 'new' - never be afraid to be straightforward!

Of course it depends on how 'new' it is - but a close synonym here would be 'novel'. That has the implication of not just new but interesting - a bit unorthodox, left-field. I don't know if that applies. Whistle
taurine
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Romany
Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 5:49:42 AM
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In an academic essay I would be very wary of using the word "new". Unless you are familiar with every other thesis ever written that might deal with the subject! It's for the examination board to declare a 'new' or 'novel' approach.

The thing about an academic piece of writing is that it must be objective. Words like "new" and "novel" etc. are *subjective*. They have no place in academic writing.

The Introduction should set out what your approach to the subject is. Without comment. Factually. "In this essay I shall show/present/prove XYZ " is the usual format. Leave any adjectives to your peers who review it.



Palinkasocsi
Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 12:18:19 PM
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Thank you very much!

Pal
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