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I am writing a scientific paper and have a following dillema between two sentences:

Therefore, it is reasonable to analyze the effect of the mutual coupling in the proposed application.

vs.

Therefore, it is reasonable to analyze the effect the mutual coupling has in the proposed application.

The first option is clearly more formal and default option. However, is the second option acceptable in scientific literature?

  • Does the coupling occur in the application or does the analysis occur in the application? – TRomano Feb 21 '19 at 12:27
  • The coupling occurs in the application. – KlemenD Feb 21 '19 at 12:29
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    Why do you think the second is informal? To have an effect is perfectly standard English, and in my opinion — based on publishing and refereeing dozens of scientific papers, clearer. You shouldn’t accept answers that just express a subjective opinion without any external justification – David Feb 21 '19 at 21:02
  • @David: It's not just the choice of the verb have but the use of a subordinate clause: the effect the coupling has instead of a prepositional phrase. What is that verb "clearer" than? Your statement is itself unclear. – TRomano Feb 21 '19 at 21:43
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    It’s subjective. The use of a verb “has” seems to me to produce a separation between cause and effect, aiding comprehension. But style wasn’t the question. The question was about informality. I can see no word, expression or construction that is in any way informal. Active verbs are good – David Feb 21 '19 at 21:52
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I think the version with has is a tad informal.

I'd suggest as an alternative to "has" the verb "occurs":

Therefore, it is reasonable to analyze the effect of the mutual coupling that occurs in the proposed application.

or

Therefore, it is reasonable to analyze the mutual coupling that occurs in the proposed application in order to study its effects.

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    You “think” but I think different. How is anybody to decide who is correct. Answers on SE EL &U should be supported by external evidence of some sort. Expression of subjective opinion has no place even in comments. – David Feb 21 '19 at 21:10
  • @David: Why not leave an answer yourself? We'll see how you think. – TRomano Feb 21 '19 at 21:39

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