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"A lot of attention has recently been focused on the role of extra nucleons and their influence on the structure of the states".

Could you please advise on how I can paraphrase "a lot of attention has recently been focused on something". Is there a better way of constructing this sentence? Thank you!
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snuppelinaa lot of attention has recently been focused on something
It depends on what kind of attention: news media reports? research efforts? seminars and discussions?
In terms of research efforts and investigation.
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There has been a lot of recent research on the role of extra nucleons and their influence on the structure of the states.
Mister Micawber, can I say "Adding a neutron to 9Be leads to another intriguing nucleus, i.e., 10Be"? Or do I have to say "The addition of...."
snuppelinaMister Micawber, can I say "Adding a neutron to 9Be leads to another intriguing nucleus, i.e., 10Be"? Or do I have to say "The addition of...."
I suppose that you can say either, but I know nothing about nuclear physics.
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Ok, thank you! I was just unsure whether I can use a gerund at the beginning for the sentence like this one.
I mean a participle, not a gerund, of course.