“This shows” is a fairly common phrasal choice when writing formal reports. Unfortunately, this means it’s quite repetitive, and many people would rather they didn’t have to read it. This article will explore some better synonyms to use instead of “this shows.”
The preferred versions are “made evident by,” “demonstrating that,” and “conveyed through.” All three phrases are great to show that your previous statement or information links in some way to the new evidence that’s presented in your report. It’s much less repetitive to use these.
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Made Evident By
“Made evident by” is the best way to replace “this shows.” The biggest reason it works so well is that it shows that you’re much more confident in your writing, and you believe your information is “evident” and correct.
“Evident” is a strong word. It allows us to prove that information or results can back up the science or maths behind our claim.
“This shows” on its own isn’t nearly as strong as “made evident by.” It’s possible to look at someone using “this shows” and think they aren’t entirely certain whether their information is correct.
- The results from this investigation, made evident by the findings across the board, prove what we’re looking for is true.
- These findings, made evident by the results of all the combined experiments, link to one another. There is no other solution.
- These figures are clear. That’s made evident by the information they provide and what you can use it with in your own writing.
“Demonstrating that” is a good choice, and it relies more on the proof of information provided. “Demonstrating” implies that the results or information from a previous section or sentence give us some indication as to what we’re discussing.
A demonstration is a good way to show a reader what they might otherwise misunderstand. If you’re dealing with particularly difficult information, a good demonstration will go a long way to helping the reader understand what you’re talking about.
- Here are some figures demonstrating that it can be done in multiple ways. The solution is based merely on the facts of one’s own choice.
- These results demonstrate that you will be able to get the same result no matter what the conditions of the experiment may be.
- The analysis demonstrates that plenty of profit can be made through this idea. It just needs to be fleshed out to make it happen.
“Conveyed through” is another great choice in place of “this shows.” There’s a lot more freedom with this one, as we usually place it in the middle of sentences rather than at the beginning (which is one of the issues with “this shows”).
“Conveyed through” works similarly to “demonstrating that.” We use “conveyed” to show how information might affect whatever we’re discussing in the rest of the report.
It’s great to show how two or more channels connect, especially if those connections might be missed by most readers.
- The expected gains conveyed through what we’ve established in the report should be able to get us through this fiscal year.
- The issues conveyed through this context are clear. Something must be done to establish defenses against them quickly.
- I believe you’ll find that these are conveyed through the changes listed below. The gains and losses will be very difficult to overcome.
As Suggested By
“As suggested by” works well because it allows us to show how two things connect with each other. The implication is that a graph, table, or data point “suggests” that something is made possible.
“Suggested” is usually less clear and obvious compared to words like “demonstrated” or “evident.” This is because “suggested” implies that something is merely thought about rather than being actually proven.
The idea with “suggested” things is to spend more time on them to guarantee that they are correct or true.
- As suggested in the previous section, it’s important that we find some way to establish a failsafe. If everything else fails, we’ll still be okay.
- You may refer to this figure when needed. As suggested by the figure, it’s clear that there are many recorded losses on the horizon.
- As suggested by the meeting’s chair, we believe it’s important to keep on top of these issues. We do not want the business going under.
Made Apparent By
“Made apparent by” works similarly to “as suggested by.” However, “apparent” is much clearer (similar to “evident”). We use “apparent” when results or information is clearly assigned to whatever we are talking about in our formal document.
The more clear you can be with the information you’re providing, the more someone will trust what they’re reading from you. That’s why words like “apparent” and “evident” work so well when you’re trying to prove how your points can convey information.
- The findings made apparent by this thought experiment make it known that something is bound to go wrong with the projected growth.
- All of these were made apparent by scientific research. It’s now clear what must be done to fix all of the issues we’re facing.
- I do not think these were clearly defined or made apparent by what I was referencing. I believe more work must be done on this.
“This confirms” is a simple replacement for “this shows.” “Confirms” is a slightly more formal way to show that information backs up our claims in a formal report.
“This shows” isn’t always confident, and there always seems to be a way to disprove what you’re writing about. “This confirms” is much clearer, meaning that you are more sure of the results you’re using.
- I believe this confirms the issues we were having. It’s important for us to get to work on them immediately to limit the losses.
- These results have proven my theory. This confirms that there are many different ways to establish our growth again, but we must act fast.
- I have compiled a list of possible options. This confirms that we are not out of the running just yet.
“Validating” is a great one-word choice in many cases. We use “validate” to show that our information is correct or there is some way for us to prove that it’s true.
This works best in reports where we can clearly back up the information provided. Usually, things like graphs or data points are easily validating because we’ve got proof and evidence that backs up how we came to the conclusions.
- I think this would help you to validate the information at hand. It’s a figure that demonstrates the financial losses we can expect.
- Here is a graph about it, thus validating that we are close to bankruptcy. It would be wise to consult an accountant about our next steps.
- Let’s discuss this graph validating the legitimacy of the comments made to the press.
“Verifying” is similar to “validating,” but it’s more linear. We use “verify” when we know that something is true, but we want to make sure it’s clear to the person reading the report.
Again, things like graphs or tables are commonly verified in formal or financial reports. The clearer the source of information, the more verifiable something becomes.
- Take a look at these results verifying the validity of my statements. I think it’s clear what we need to do next to stop this from happening.
- The graph presents you with expected growth versus actual growth, verifying that something is not right with the way we conduct business.
- Here are some results that verify what I’m talking about. I believe it’s important to show what must be done in these cases.
“Proving” is a simpler one-word choice. It works in a similar way to “validating” and “verifying,” but it’s more commonly recognized. Most people know what “proving” means within any given context, making it a reasonable choice if you’re struggling with other options.
- Here are the results proving that it’s necessary to keep working closely with these three clients. It would be foolish to drop them.
- I believe these figures prove that something has gone wrong. We need to plug the leak before it gets out of our control.
- I think these matters are clear, proving that we must work together to establish a connection or collaboration with the company at hand.
“This indicates” is perhaps the simplest way to replace “this shows.” We can use “indicates” in a slightly more formal context to show how one action or cause might have led to a specific effect at a different point within our report.
This option works best if you’re struggling to think of any better alternatives. “Indicates” gives you an extra option to replace “shows” without being too repetitive or annoying.
- Here are some results that might help you. These indicate what happened during the months of March and July.
- This indicates that something has changed, leading to a substantial and unexpected growth rate.
- The board has decided on a verdict. This indicates that they are all in agreement with what needs to be done to handle your issue.