I want lay out several arguments about the same issue. I am looking for an alternative phrase for "to linger on (an issue)", to use it in a context similar to this, in order to introduce my second/another argument: "To linger on this issue / to continue on this point, there is also a potential problem with..."

To linger feels as if if has a negative connation (implying that I am boring the reader with my arguments). I am looking for a phrase which does NOT have this connation.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

  • In your example sentences, dropping the introductory phrases will do: "There is also a potential problem with ...".
    – Lawrence
    Mar 1, 2016 at 10:47
  • @Lawrence You are right, but my example is more to illustrate what I am looking for rather than that it is an example for which it is necessary.
    – dreamer
    Mar 1, 2016 at 10:49

3 Answers 3


Consider, dwell (up)on [something]

dwell (up)on someone or something

to remain on the [important] subject of someone or something for a long time. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I can't dwell upon this subject anymore. There is no need to dwell on Sarah further.FOD

I would like to dwell upon this issue more. Kabbalah in Italy

  • Thank you, upvoted. I do however feel that dwell on in a way has the same connotation with it as "linger on", namely that of being overly repetitive/boring.
    – dreamer
    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:08

I suggest to mull over,

Ponder, think about

[The Free Dictionary]


If you mull it over, there is also a potential problem with...


Perhaps 'consider', as in "considering this issue further..." or "to consider this issue further...".

consider (verb): think carefully about (something), typically before making a decision.

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    Consider is the word. I have never heard dwell used as such in any meeting I've ever attended. Perhaps my crowd are dolts. I don't know. I've also heard "... now let's think about that".
    – user116032
    Mar 1, 2016 at 17:03

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