As an engineering-type fellow, I was thinking about this article about a drug that replaces sleep.
It occurred to me that I could frame it in two ways:
- Scientists allegedly created a drug that replaces sleep.
- Scientists created a drug that allegedly replaces sleep.
There are obvious arguments for both of these statements being correct - saying someone allegedly created a drug with certain properties or that they created a drug and it allegedly happens to have certain properties seems to ultimately have the bottom line of there being the possibility of replacing sleep.
But which sounds better? Which ... feels more right? Are the phrasings interchangeable, or could an argument be made that one or the other is in some way, tangibly or otherwise, "better"?