The writer attributes human characteristics to inanimate objects. For example, chapters or articles can’t discuss because articles are inanimate objects. A study cannot attempt to demonstrate, control unwanted variables, or interpret findings, nor can tables or figures compare. However, all of these can show or indicate. Authors indicate. Results show. Data indicate. Do not write, “The company enforces its dress code.” A company is a “thing”---Company leaders enforce the dress code. For example, chapters or articles can’t discuss because articles are inanimate objects.
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