8. Reasons

Definition: (verb) think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic

Replaces: thinks

Like employs, reasons is a word with two very different definitions.

But “reasons” will most likely engender success when you employ the verb form of the word to replace “thinks”.

A myriad of instances come up when writing an essay where you’ll need to describe what a person thinks, but we all know variety is a salient component of every good essay!2

You can switch out “thinks” for “reasons”, but be sure not to switch it out for erroneous words like “extrapolates” just to sound smarter!

To-the-point writing with loads of variety is what most teachers crave!

So you can definitely write something along these lines in your next essay :“The author reasons that we can solve the problem if we all work together, but the methods she asserts will help us do so are egregious.”

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