Verbs Used in the Literature Review

To be more precise the list below contains “Verbs Used In The Literature Review To Present previous And/Or Current Research And Contributions. This includes all past tense verbs describing what researchers did, i.e. calculated, monitored, etc. Instead of just using did, showed and found, you often need to be more specific about what a researcher actually ‘did’!

  Here are some examples of how these are used:

  • This phenomenon was demonstrated by…
  • In their study, expanded T-cells were found in…
  • Initial attempts focused on identifying the cause of…
  • Weather severity has been shown to…
  • Early data was interpreted in the study by…
  • The algorithm has been proposed for these applications…
  • The results on pair dispersion were reported in…
  • Their study suggested a possible cause for…
  •  An alternative approach was developed by

 Reference:

Glasman, H. (2010). Science research writing for non-native speakers of English (pp. 36-37). Imperial College Press, London.

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3 Comments
  1. Adamu Garba Zango says

    Thank you very much for this very important clarification. It is indeed very helpful.

  2. a latif zakaria adam says

    seems no use of pronouns or at very rare rule , the possessive pronouns are used: a very strong adjectival phrasing in passive voice..colon phrase statement of a certain question followed by start up answering phrase, well followed by details coming up endlessly…… let me say: adjectival phrase short cut question, answered by adjectival phrase let us say politeness in language avoiding silly long talk before a question mark (?) with avoidance of affirmatively harsh answer ,” like i did it “… this as far someone could grasp understand phrasing..

    1. Eng. Zaid A Alsmadi says

      Remarkable comment …

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