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    Question branches-veins

    Hi Everyone,

    could you help me with this?

    If i have to describe the main theories in my field of research, what terms may I use?
    in stead of saying always: "branches of researches" can i say for instance: "vein of reseach"?

    Do you have any other suggestion?

    thank you!

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    Re: branches-veins

    Hi Buno,
    I don't think I've heard "veins" used that way.

    Area of research - 86 million hits on Google, with plural "areas" around 2 million
    Field of research - 86 million, but only 400,000 for the plural "Fields"
    Lines of research - 35.6 million Google hits

    However, a respectable number of hits for vein and veins: 738,000 and 387,000, respectively.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    Re: branches-veins

    Thank you for the advise and for the statistical contribution!

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    Re: branches-veins

    So the answer is - use the one that feels right to you!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: branches-veins

    My impression is that 'vein' tends not to be used so much in the context 'vein of X', but rather at the end of a clause: 'He was also doing research, in a similar vein.'

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