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    Question Contend that vs. argue/claim that [in academic essay]

    Hi,
    I would like to ask about the use and implication of "contend that + clause" in essays, specifically IELTS. It seems to me that "contend" is used less frequently than "argue", "claim" (not to mention other overused words like believe, say...). Maybe I'm wrong?

    If it is appropriate to use "contend", should I use it to express personal opinions ("I contend") or other people's ones before rebuttal ("Some people contend that")?

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    Re: Contend that vs. argue/claim that [in academic essay]

    "Contend" is fine either way. I'd be more likely to use it when discussing opposing points of view: the Administration contends that the Earth is flat despite scientists' universal acceptance of the spherical-earth theory.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Contend that vs. argue/claim that [in academic essay]

    Just remember that contend/argue/claim all have different senses and different uses so the best choice will depend on the idea you want to express.

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    Re: Contend that vs. argue/claim that [in academic essay]

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    "Contend" is fine either way. I'd be more likely to use it when discussing opposing points of view: the Administration contends that the Earth is flat despite scientists' universal acceptance of the spherical-earth theory.
    As far as I know, "argue" and "claim" are often used to discuss the opposing view as well, so what's the difference between them?
    Based on your example, it seems that "contend" is more like "insist", i.e. hold fast to a certain thought/idea although it is not popular or has no evidence. Is that what it implies?

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    Re: Contend that vs. argue/claim that [in academic essay]

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Just remember that contend/argue/claim all have different senses and different uses so the best choice will depend on the idea you want to express.
    Would you clarify the different senses?

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