Dutch | Phrases - Academic | Main Body

Main Body - Agreeing

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

Main Body - Disagreeing

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

Main Body - Comparisons

…and…are similar/different as regards to…
... en ... zijn gelijk/verschillend ten aanzien van ...
An informal way of stating specific similarities or comparisons between two things
In contrast to…, …shows…
In tegenstelling tot ..., toont ...
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
…by contrast with… is/are…
In tegenstelling tot ... is/zijn ...
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
…is similar to… in respect of…
... is gelijk met ... met betrekking tot ...
Used when wanting to emphasize and explain a similarity between two things
…and… differ in terms of...
... en ... verschillen van elkaar met betrekking tot ...
Used when wanting to emphasize and explain a difference between two things
The first…, by contrast, the second…
De eerste ..., in tegenstelling tot de tweede ...
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
One of the main similarities/differences between… and… is that…
Eén van de belangrijkste overeenkomsten/verschillen tussen ... en ... is ...
Used when stating specific similarities or comparisons between two things
One difference between… and… is that…, whereas…
Een onderscheid tussen ... en ... is dat ..., terwijl ...
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…
Ik zou zeggen dat ...
Used to give a personal opinion, of which you are not fully confident
It seems to me that…
Het lijkt mij dat ...
Used to give a personal opinion, of which you are not fully confident
In my opinion…
Naar mijn mening ...
Used to give a personal opinion
From my point of view…
Vanuit mijn standpunt ...
Used to give a personal opinion
I am of the opinion that…
Ik ben van mening dat ...
Used to give a personal opinion
I believe that there are several reasons. Firstly,… Secondly…
Naar mijn mening zijn er meerdere redenen. Ten eerste ... . Ten tweede ...
Used when wanting to list many reasons for something
It is my belief that… because…
Ik ben overtuigd dat ..., omdat ...
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…
Laat ons nu ... analyseren/richten op/onderzoeken ...
Used when changing subject and to start a new paragraph
It is now clear that… . Let us turn our attention to…
Het is nu duidelijk dat ... . Laten we onze aandacht richten op ...
Used when changing subject and to start a new paragraph
Moreover, one argument against this cannot be ignored: …
Bovendien kan een argument hiertegen niet worden genegeerd: ...
Used when adding important information to an already developed argument
Admittedly…, but…
Toegegeven ..., maar ...
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
It is true that…, yet the fact remains that…
Het is waar dat ... en toch blijft het feit bestaan dat ...
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
Granted, …, nevertheless…
Toegegeven, ... , desalniettemin ...
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
On the contrary, …
Integendeel, ...
Used when correcting a mistaken belief, after said belief has been stated
On the one hand…
Enerzijds ...
Used to introduce one side of an argument
On the other hand…
Anderzijds ...
Used to show another side of an argument. Always used after "on the one hand…"
In spite of…
Ondanks ...
Used when making an argument, which goes against certain data or beliefs
Despite the fact that…
Ondanks het feit dat ...
Used when making an argument, which goes against certain data or beliefs
Scientifically/Historically speaking…
Wetenschappelijk/Historisch gezien ...
Used when referring to science or past events in history
Incidentally…
Bijkomend ...
Used when an additional point is thought of that can support your analysis
Furthermore…
Bovendien ...
Used when developing a point to a high analytical level