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The phrase "ties back to" is used frequently, but it feels awkward in a formal paper. I'm seeking a word or phrase which means the same thing, but has a more appropriate sound.

An example sentence is:

This fact ties back to my initial interest in the subject.

  • Your need is a bit unclear. Do you simply mean "references"? Or perhaps "is related to" or "is derived from"? – Hot Licks Feb 16 '16 at 2:41
  • What @HotLicks said. And echoes, is related to, or refers to. – Drew Feb 16 '16 at 5:21
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"Ties back to", as well as being informal, is also a vague phrase, meaning only that there is some kind of connection between the two things. With more formality you are probably going to want more precision, especially in a scientific paper.

Some suggestions might be:

  • is caused by
  • is due to
  • is linked to
  • refers back to
  • connects back to

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