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13.2: MLA Signal Phrases

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  • Keep things interesting for your readers by switching up the language and placement of your signal phrases.


    In the words of professors Greer and Dewey, “…”

    As sociology scholar Janice Kinsey has noted, “…”

    Creative Commons, an organization that helps internet users understand and create copyright for materials, reports that “…”

    “…,” writes Deidre Tyrell, “…”

    “…,” attorney Sanderson claims.

    Kyles and Sanderson offer up a compelling point: “…”


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    Admits Declares Points out
    Adds Denies Reasons
    Agrees Disputes Refutes
    Argues Emphasizes Rejects
    Asserts Endorses Reports
    Believes Grants Responds
    Claims Illustrates Suggests
    Comments Implies Thinks
    Compares Insists Writes
    Confirms Notes
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