Finnish | Phrases - Academic | Main Body

Main Body - Agreeing

Broadly speaking, I agree with… because…
Yleisesti ottaen olen samaa mieltä ... kanssa, sillä...
Used when in general agreement with someone else's point of view
One is very much inclined to agree with… because…
Olen halukas yksimielisyyteen ... kanssa, sillä...
Used when in general agreement with someone else's point of view
I can see his/her point.
Hänen näkökantansa on ymmärrettävä.
Used when you believe someone else's point of view is valid, but you do not fully agree
I entirely agree that…
Olen täysin samaa mieltä siitä, että...
Used when in complete agreement with someone else's point of view
I endorse wholeheartedly the opinion that…
Hyväksyn täysin ajatuksen siitä, että...
Used when in complete agreement with someone else's point of view

Main Body - Disagreeing

Broadly speaking, I disagree with… because…
Yleisesti ottaen olen eri mieltä ... kanssa, sillä...
Used when in general disagreement with someone else's point of view
One is very much inclined to disagree with… because…
On houkuttelevaa olla eri mieltä ... kanssa, sillä...
Used when in general disagreement with someone else's point of view
I can see his point, but disagree with it entirely.
Ymmärrän hänen näkökantansa, mutta olen täysin eri mieltä asiasta.
Used when you understand someone else's point of view, but you do not agree with it at all
I strongly disagree that…
Olen vahvasti eri mieltä siitä, että...
Used when in complete disagreement with someone else's point of view
I am firmly opposed to the idea that…
Vastustan vahvasti ajatusta siitä, että...
Used when in complete opposition to someone else's point of view

Main Body - Comparisons

…and…are similar/different as regards to…
... ja ... muistuttavat / eroavat toisistaan suhteessa...
An informal way of stating specific similarities or comparisons between two things
In contrast to…, …shows…
Verrattuna ..., ... näyttää...
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
…by contrast with… is/are…
Päinvastoin kuin ..., ... on...
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
…is similar to… in respect of…
... muistuttaa ... suhteessa...
Used when wanting to emphasize and explain a similarity between two things
…and… differ in terms of...
... ja ... eroavat ... perusteilta...
Used when wanting to emphasize and explain a difference between two things
The first…, by contrast, the second…
Ensimmäinen ..., sitä vastoin toinen...
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
One of the main similarities/differences between… and… is that…
Yksi olennaisimmista yhtäläisyyksistä / eroista ... ja ... välillä on...
Used when stating specific similarities or comparisons between two things
One difference between… and… is that…, whereas…
Yksi eroista ... ja ... välillä on se, että kun...
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…
Voisin sanoa, että...
Used to give a personal opinion, of which you are not fully confident
It seems to me that…
Vaikuttaa siltä, että...
Used to give a personal opinion, of which you are not fully confident
In my opinion…
Mielestäni...
Used to give a personal opinion
From my point of view…
Omalta näkökantiltani katsoen...
Used to give a personal opinion
I am of the opinion that…
Olen sitä mieltä, että...
Used to give a personal opinion
I believe that there are several reasons. Firstly,… Secondly…
Uskon, että asiaan on monta syytä. Ensiksi... Toiseksi...
Used when wanting to list many reasons for something
It is my belief that… because…
Uskon, että..., sillä...
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…
Kääntykäämme nyt tarkastelemaan / analysoimaan...
Used when changing subject and to start a new paragraph
It is now clear that… . Let us turn our attention to…
...on nyt selvennetty. Kääntäkäämme huomiomme...
Used when changing subject and to start a new paragraph
Moreover, one argument against this cannot be ignored: …
Lisäksi, seuraavaa väitettä ei voi jättää huomioimatta:...
Used when adding important information to an already developed argument
Admittedly…, but…
Kieltämättä..., mutta...
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
It is true that…, yet the fact remains that…
On totta, että..., mutta edelleen on todettava,että...
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
Granted, …, nevertheless…
Myönnettäköön, että..., mutta siitä huolimatta...
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
On the contrary, …
Päinvastoin...
Used when correcting a mistaken belief, after said belief has been stated
On the one hand…
Toisaalta...
Used to introduce one side of an argument
On the other hand…
Toisaalta...
Used to show another side of an argument. Always used after "on the one hand…"
In spite of…
Huolimatta...
Used when making an argument, which goes against certain data or beliefs
Despite the fact that…
Huolimatta siitä, että...
Used when making an argument, which goes against certain data or beliefs
Scientifically/Historically speaking…
Tieteellisesti / historiallisesti katsoen...
Used when referring to science or past events in history
Incidentally…
Ohimennen...
Used when an additional point is thought of that can support your analysis
Furthermore…
Lisäksi...
Used when developing a point to a high analytical level