Choosing Your Words Carefully

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Kara L. Vander Linden


The words we use to communicate are important. Words have meanings that extend beyond their dictionary definitions. As grounded theorists, we need to be aware of these meanings and select the words that best fit the data so as not to unground the theory. Words also have grammatical meanings that often have different meanings depending on how they are used. Some of the smallest words in the English language, articles and conjunctions, can greatly change the meaning of what is being communicated and must be used with care. As grounded theory researchers, it is important to choose our words carefully so that the theory accurately reflects what was discovered in the data.


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Vander Linden, K. (2023). Choosing Your Words Carefully . Grounded Theory Review, 22(2), 103–110. Retrieved from


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