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    defend or submit a thesis

    We've been told in class it's not natural to say "to defend a thesis" and that a native-speaker would sooner say "to present or submit a thesis". What would you say?

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    Re: defend or submit a thesis

    I'd say it probably depends on where you go to school.
    I've certainly heard "defend" used regarding a doctoral thesis.
    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: defend or submit a thesis

    So I could say "to submit a thesis" to mean to defend it?
    Last edited by ostap77; 03-Oct-2012 at 14:49.

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    Re: defend or submit a thesis

    I don't know about your university. It is certainly NOT the case that I said they were interchangeable in every case. Don't extrapolate.
    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: defend or submit a thesis

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    so I could say "to submit a thesis" to mean to defend it?
    No. After the thesis has been submitted, the student is expected to defend it in front of a panel of professors.

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