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I'm writing an overview for a paper, and want to let the reader know part of the outline:

...in the last paragraph I want to mention the possible future applications one can reach/accomplish with super conductivity.

Would it be better to phrase this as follows?

...I will mention the possible future applications of super conductivity.

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The suggested rephrasing would be better. One doesn't speak of reaching applications in normal English, and accomplishing applications doesn't sound good to me either. –  FumbleFingers Feb 14 '12 at 3:46

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When referring to something you have written, you can drop the will or want, since you have already done it. This is then usually expressed in the present tense. Also, whenever possible, try to remove references to yourself (unless you are a subject of the paper):

The last paragraph mentions possible future applications of super-conductivity.

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