Spanish | Phrases - Academic | Main Body

Main Body - Agreeing

Broadly speaking, I agree with… because…
En términos generales, coincido con X porque...
Used when in general agreement with someone else's point of view
One is very much inclined to agree with… because…
Uno tiende a concordar con X ya que...
Used when in general agreement with someone else's point of view
I can see his/her point.
Comprendo su planteamiento...
Used when you believe someone else's point of view is valid, but you do not fully agree
I entirely agree that…
Coincido totalmente en que...
Used when in complete agreement with someone else's point of view
I endorse wholeheartedly the opinion that…
Respaldo completamente la idea de que...
Used when in complete agreement with someone else's point of view

Main Body - Disagreeing

Broadly speaking, I disagree with… because…
En términos generales, no concuerdo con X ya que...
Used when in general disagreement with someone else's point of view
One is very much inclined to disagree with… because…
Tiendo a diferir en gran medida de X debido a que...
Used when in general disagreement with someone else's point of view
I can see his point, but disagree with it entirely.
Entiendo su planteamiento, pero difiero completamente.
Used when you understand someone else's point of view, but you do not agree with it at all
I strongly disagree that…
Difiero completamente en relación a...
Used when in complete disagreement with someone else's point of view
I am firmly opposed to the idea that…
Me opongo firmemente a la idea de que...
Used when in complete opposition to someone else's point of view

Main Body - Comparisons

…and…are similar/different as regards to…
... y... son similares/diferentes en cuanto a...
An informal way of stating specific similarities or comparisons between two things
In contrast to…, …shows…
En contraste con..., ... muestra...
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
…by contrast with… is/are…
... en contraste con... es/son...
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
…is similar to… in respect of…
... es similar a... en lo referente a...
Used when wanting to emphasize and explain a similarity between two things
…and… differ in terms of...
... y... difieren en relación a...
Used when wanting to emphasize and explain a difference between two things
The first…, by contrast, the second…
El primero/La primera..., en contraste, el segundo/la segunda...
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
One of the main similarities/differences between… and… is that…
Una de las principales similitudes/diferencias entre... y... es que...
Used when stating specific similarities or comparisons between two things
One difference between… and… is that…, whereas…
Una de las diferencias entre... y... es que... mientras que...
Used to highlight a difference between two things, can be the start of a long list of differences

Main Body - Opinions

I would say that…
Podría decir que...
Used to give a personal opinion, of which you are not fully confident
It seems to me that…
A mi parecer...
Used to give a personal opinion, of which you are not fully confident
In my opinion…
En mi opinión...
Used to give a personal opinion
From my point of view…
Desde mi punto de vista...
Used to give a personal opinion
I am of the opinion that…
Soy de la opinión de que...
Used to give a personal opinion
I believe that there are several reasons. Firstly,… Secondly…
Considero que existen varias razones, en primer lugar,... en segundo lugar,...
Used when wanting to list many reasons for something
It is my belief that… because…
A mi parecer... debido a que...
Used to give a personal opinion that you are sure of and an explanation of said opinion

Main Body - Connecting Elements

Let us now analyze/turn to/examine…
Ahora analicemos/enfoquémonos en/revisemos...
Used when changing subject and to start a new paragraph
It is now clear that… . Let us turn our attention to…
No queda claro si... . Enfoquemos nuestra atención en...
Used when changing subject and to start a new paragraph
Moreover, one argument against this cannot be ignored: …
Adicionalmente, no se puede ignorar la idea de que...
Used when adding important information to an already developed argument
Admittedly…, but…
Es cierto que..., pero...
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
It is true that…, yet the fact remains that…
Es cierto que..., pero los hechos demuestran que...
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
Granted, …, nevertheless…
Se acepta la idea de que..., sin embargo...,
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
On the contrary, …
Por el contrario,...
Used when correcting a mistaken belief, after said belief has been stated
On the one hand…
Por una parte...
Used to introduce one side of an argument
On the other hand…
Por otra parte...
Used to show another side of an argument. Always used after "on the one hand…"
In spite of…
A pesar de...
Used when making an argument, which goes against certain data or beliefs
Despite the fact that…
A pesar de que...
Used when making an argument, which goes against certain data or beliefs
Scientifically/Historically speaking…
Desde el punto de vista científico / histórico...
Used when referring to science or past events in history
Incidentally…
Cabe acotar...
Used when an additional point is thought of that can support your analysis
Furthermore…
Además,...
Used when developing a point to a high analytical level