English | Phrases - Academic | Main Body

Main Body - Agreeing

In grote lijnen ben ik het eens met ..., omdat ...
Broadly speaking, I agree with… because…
Used when in general agreement with someone else's point of view
Ik ben zeer geneigd overeen te stemmen met ..., omdat ...
One is very much inclined to agree with… because…
Used when in general agreement with someone else's point of view
Ik begrijp zijn/haar punt.
I can see his/her point.
Used when you believe someone else's point of view is valid, but you do not fully agree
Ik ben het er volledig mee eens dat ...
I entirely agree that…
Used when in complete agreement with someone else's point of view
Ik ondersteun onverdeeld de mening dat ...
I endorse wholeheartedly the opinion that…
Used when in complete agreement with someone else's point of view

Main Body - Disagreeing

In grote lijnen ben ik het oneens met ..., omdat ...
Broadly speaking, I disagree with… because…
Used when in general disagreement with someone else's point of view
Ik ben zeer geneigd ... te verwerpen, omdat ...
One is very much inclined to disagree with… because…
Used when in general disagreement with someone else's point of view
Ik begrijp zijn punt, maar ik ben het er volledig mee oneens.
I can see his point, but disagree with it entirely.
Used when you understand someone else's point of view, but you do not agree with it at all
Ik ben het er volledig mee oneens dat ...
I strongly disagree that…
Used when in complete disagreement with someone else's point of view
Ik ben stellig tegen het idee dat ...
I am firmly opposed to the idea that…
Used when in complete opposition to someone else's point of view

Main Body - Comparisons

... en ... zijn gelijk/verschillend ten aanzien van ...
…and…are similar/different as regards to…
An informal way of stating specific similarities or comparisons between two things
In tegenstelling tot ..., toont ...
In contrast to…, …shows…
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
In tegenstelling tot ... is/zijn ...
…by contrast with… is/are…
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
... is gelijk met ... met betrekking tot ...
…is similar to… in respect of…
Used when wanting to emphasize and explain a similarity between two things
... en ... verschillen van elkaar met betrekking tot ...
…and… differ in terms of...
Used when wanting to emphasize and explain a difference between two things
De eerste ..., in tegenstelling tot de tweede ...
The first…, by contrast, the second…
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
Eén van de belangrijkste overeenkomsten/verschillen tussen ... en ... is ...
One of the main similarities/differences between… and… is that…
Used when stating specific similarities or comparisons between two things
Een onderscheid tussen ... en ... is dat ..., terwijl ...
One difference between… and… is that…, whereas…
Used to highlight a difference between two things, can be the start of a long list of differences

Main Body - Opinions

Ik zou zeggen dat ...
I would say that…
Used to give a personal opinion, of which you are not fully confident
Het lijkt mij dat ...
It seems to me that…
Used to give a personal opinion, of which you are not fully confident
Naar mijn mening ...
In my opinion…
Used to give a personal opinion
Vanuit mijn standpunt ...
From my point of view…
Used to give a personal opinion
Ik ben van mening dat ...
I am of the opinion that…
Used to give a personal opinion
Naar mijn mening zijn er meerdere redenen. Ten eerste ... . Ten tweede ...
I believe that there are several reasons. Firstly,… Secondly…
Used when wanting to list many reasons for something
Ik ben overtuigd dat ..., omdat ...
It is my belief that… because…
Used to give a personal opinion that you are sure of and an explanation of said opinion

Main Body - Connecting Elements

Laat ons nu ... analyseren/richten op/onderzoeken ...
Let us now analyze/turn to/examine…
Used when changing subject and to start a new paragraph
Het is nu duidelijk dat ... . Laten we onze aandacht richten op ...
It is now clear that… . Let us turn our attention to…
Used when changing subject and to start a new paragraph
Bovendien kan een argument hiertegen niet worden genegeerd: ...
Moreover, one argument against this cannot be ignored: …
Used when adding important information to an already developed argument
Toegegeven ..., maar ...
Admittedly…, but…
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
Het is waar dat ... en toch blijft het feit bestaan dat ...
It is true that…, yet the fact remains that…
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
Toegegeven, ... , desalniettemin ...
Granted, …, nevertheless…
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
Integendeel, ...
On the contrary, …
Used when correcting a mistaken belief, after said belief has been stated
Enerzijds ...
On the one hand…
Used to introduce one side of an argument
Anderzijds ...
On the other hand…
Used to show another side of an argument. Always used after "on the one hand…"
Ondanks ...
In spite of…
Used when making an argument, which goes against certain data or beliefs
Ondanks het feit dat ...
Despite the fact that…
Used when making an argument, which goes against certain data or beliefs
Wetenschappelijk/Historisch gezien ...
Scientifically/Historically speaking…
Used when referring to science or past events in history
Bijkomend ...
Incidentally…
Used when an additional point is thought of that can support your analysis
Bovendien ...
Furthermore…
Used when developing a point to a high analytical level