Monday, 14 March 2011

Useful Phrases for Writing Argumentative Essays

Useful Phrases for Writing Argumentative Essays

To list arguments in the main body: In the first place, First of all, To start with, To begin with, Firstly, Secondly, Thirdly, Finally, In addition (to this), Furthermore, Moreover, Besides, last but not least

Presenting arguments for: The main/first/most important advantage of ..., One major advantage of ..., A further advantage ..., One/Another/An additional advantage of ..., One point of view in favour of ..., It is often suggested/believed/argued that ..., Some/Many people suggest/feel/argue that ..., Some/Many people are in favour of/are convinced that ...,

Presenting arguments against: One major disadvantage of ..., The main/most important disadvantage/drawback of ..., One/Another/An additional disadvantage of ..., One point/argument against ..., Some/Many people are against ...,

Presenting examples, causes and results: for example/instance, such as, like, in particular,therefore, for this reason, because, as, since, as a result,

To add more points to the same topic: what is more, furthermore, also, in addition to, besides, apart from this/that, not to mention the fact that, etc.

To make contrasting points: on the other hand, however, despite/in spite of (the fact), while, nevertheless, even though, although, it can be argued that, one can argue that, etc.

To conclude: to conclude/sum up, all in all, all things considered, in conclusion, on the whole, taking everything into account, taking all this into account/consideration, above all, as was previously stated, etc.

Useful Phrases for Writing Opinion Essays

To list points: In the first place, first of all, to start with, in the first place, etc.

To add more points: what is more, another major reason, also, furthermore, moreover, in addition to, besides, apart from this, not to mention the fact that, etc.

To introduce conflicting viewpoints: It is argued that, people argue that, opponents of this view say, there are people who oppose, etc.

To express opinion: I believe, In my opinion, I think, In my view, I strongly believe, etc.