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Using Introductory Tags in Research Writing


An introductory tag introduces a quote by providing the authority's name and a strong verb:

Verbs used in an introductory tag should be chosen according to meaning.  Be careful to avoid subtle meaning changes; "to admit" does not mean the same as "to express."
 

Common Verbs Used in Introductory Tags

 
acknowledges
comments
expresses
speculates
admits
considers
insists
states
affirms
criticizes
mentions
submits
argues
declares
proposes
suggests
asks
defends
refers
testifies
believes
explains
reveals
writes

ExamplesNote:  When referring to something written by a deceased authority, always use present tense.  When referring to something that was said by a deceased authority, use the past tense.  Examples are shown above.

For more information about using quotations, see http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/research/usingquotes.html; for more information about using paraphrases, see http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/research/usingpara.html.


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