Writing Tip Try to vary the way you link results and their causes and to clarify their relative importance. Sometimes it is necessary to emphasise the result, rather than the cause, as in the example above. Read this paragraph from an essay on stress in the workplace and look at how results and their causes are connected: Burnout in the workplace can happen as a result of prolonged stress. Initial symptoms may stem from the desire of an employee to do well and to fit into the corporate structure. An unrealistic deadline from a senior manager can then lead to additional pressure on the individual, which may become so severe that he or she is unable to continue functioning in the workplace. Verbs Result from/stem from 1 + noun followed by the cause of something: An inability to think clearly at work may simply result/stem from a lack of sleep. 2 + object + ’-ing’ Stress at work can result from employees feeling that they are badly treated by management. Lead to/result in/produce followed by the result: 1 + noun Changes in management and systems led to/resulted in/produced problems for many of the staff.
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