take reference to/from

T.D

Senior Member
mandarin
Hi all,

I am wondering is there a difference between 'taking references from' and 'taking references to'?

e.g.

My theory took references _______ established theories in the field.



Any help is appreciated
 
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    Your sentence could work with "from" meaning that your theory used references from/referred to established theories. But it wouldn't sound very natural.

    It'd sound very strange with "to" and it'd suggest your theory referred to references others had made to established theories.

    I suggest: My theory referred to/made references to established theories in the field.
     

    reno33

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    My theory took references _______ established theories in the field. :cross:
    I used established theories in the field as references (for my work):tick:
     
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