Reporting Verb: Fill in the Blanks with the most Appropriate Reporting Verbs

Reporting verb

Reporting verb is defined as referring verbs that convey the action of speakers. It is used when a person reports others’ work or statements directly or indirectly. The most common use of the reporting verb is in-text citations.

One of the most common ways to incorporate citations into your writing is to use the reporting verb. They are needed in order to connect the in-text citation to the information which you are citing. Before selecting a verb, it is vital that you carefully read the source and clearly understand the author’s claim(s).

Activity 1- Fill in the blanks with the most appropriate reporting verb.
  1. Greenberg (2001) emphasizes the importance of taking a liberal approach.

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Greenberg (2001) stresses the importance of taking a liberal approach.

  1. Alam et al. (2004) observe patients diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes for a minimum of 8 years.

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Alam et al. (2004) analyze patients diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes for a minimum of 8 years.

  1. Toms (1982) articulate the common belief that humans have five senses. In his research, he finds that there are in fact nine senses.

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Toms (1982) challenges the common belief that humans have five senses. In his research, he finds that there are in fact nine senses.

  1. Hanks (2004) determines an idiom as an expression whose “meaning . . . is distinct from the sum of its parts” (p. 257).

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Hanks (2004) notices an idiom as an expression whose “meaning . . . is distinct from the sum of its parts” (p. 257).

  1. Jirapanakorn (2012) examines the use of reporting verbs in international journals and Thai journals and found that there were fewer uses of reporting verbs in the Thai journals.

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Jirapanakorn (2012) discovers the use of reporting verbs in international journals and Thai journals and found that there were fewer uses of reporting verbs in the Thai journals.