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The word "obvious" in a student essay (often in the form of the phrase "It is obvious that...") almost always makes a marker's heart sink, because, although on a purely grammatical level it may correspond with the impersonal nature of academic style, in fact using this word is often a way of trying to get round the expectations attached to writing at university level. To say something is "obvious" is a way of avoiding the need to cite sources, and is frequently the sign of an inappropriately writer-orientated mode of writing. You need to think very carefully before using the word "obvious" .