Grammar GuideVerbs"indicate" vs "show"

"indicate" vs "show"

"indicate" vs "show"

In writing, you should aim to be as clear and concise as possible. Show is simpler and more clear than indicate.

  • Original: The report indicated there was an increase in crime when youth centers closed down.
  • Rewrite: The report showed there was an increase in crime when youth centers closed down.

Unless you are intentionally writing something formal or distant, use show instead of indicate.

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