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"The findings of this study indicated that" ---is a simple, articulate, and extremely useful convention that authors use ALL the time. Passive voice occurs frequently in medical literature; it's simply a more authoritative and clearer way to state things (although this may not be so all the time).
In my case, I tend to use "We found...We showed...our results/findings showed/indicated", like most researchers/medical writers.
One of my phd advisers told me to use "[possessive adjective] finding or result suggest (indicates) that [implication of the research]." This structure is brief, makes it very clear who is responsible for the research and does not involve an passive sentence (e.g. it is suggested that), which is somewhat awkward. However, my adviser made this comment as a criticism towards many researchers who do not follow his suggestion and use the structures such as "The results of this study suggests" and "It is suggested." I personally follow my adviser's suggestion, but my take is that there is no standard translation and different researchers use different structures.
Please note that I am NOT asking for the translation of the word 示唆される. Of course I know that the correct translation can be "suggested, "indicated," etc. (I even wrote that in my question). What I'm wondering is how to write the sentence structure. "It is indicated that..." or "It is suggested that..." sounds like a bad machine translation. But there is no indication of what suggests the possibility. All I can come up with is "The results of this study suggest that." This "...示唆される" structure is very common in scientific literature, so there must be a standard translation. I have been translating it for years but have always been dissatisfied with my translations.
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Explanation: my suggestion
Hiro Yasuumi United States Local time: 05:09 Native speaker of: Japanese
Reference information: I think your answer is fine. "indicate" is also a possibility. If you have not done so, go to google scholar with keywords "suggest" (or "indicate") and the name of your subject area (e.g. biology). You can find many examples in scientific writing.
Reference information: suggest, be suggestive of, make suggestion
１ It is suggested that—.
２ It has been suggested that—.
３ The final figure was 1,000, suggesting that—.
最終的な数字は 1,000 であり, これは…ということを示唆している．
４ The suggestion is made that—.
５ Many authors have suggested this possibility.
６ Available evidence strongly suggests that—.
７ Various theories have been suggested to explain—.
８ These findings are highly suggestive of aging process.
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cinefil Japan Works in field Native speaker of: Japanese PRO pts in category: 66
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