French | Phrases - Academic | Main Body

Main Body - Agreeing

Broadly speaking, I agree with… because…
D'une façon générale, je suis d'accord avec... parce que...
Used when in general agreement with someone else's point of view
One is very much inclined to agree with… because…
On pourrait facilement tomber d'accord avec... parce que...
Used when in general agreement with someone else's point of view
I can see his/her point.
Je comprends son point de vue.
Used when you believe someone else's point of view is valid, but you do not fully agree
I entirely agree that…
Je suis entièrement d'accord que...
Used when in complete agreement with someone else's point of view
I endorse wholeheartedly the opinion that…
Je cautionne entièrement l'idée que...
Used when in complete agreement with someone else's point of view

Main Body - Disagreeing

Broadly speaking, I disagree with… because…
D'une façon générale, je ne suis pas d'accord avec... parce que...
Used when in general disagreement with someone else's point of view
One is very much inclined to disagree with… because…
On pourrait facilement tomber en désaccord avec... parce que...
Used when in general disagreement with someone else's point of view
I can see his point, but disagree with it entirely.
Je peux l'entendre, mais je ne suis pas d'accord avec ce point de vue.
Used when you understand someone else's point of view, but you do not agree with it at all
I strongly disagree that…
Je ne suis pas du tout d'accord avec...
Used when in complete disagreement with someone else's point of view
I am firmly opposed to the idea that…
Je suis fermement opposé à l'idée que...
Used when in complete opposition to someone else's point of view

Main Body - Comparisons

…and…are similar/different as regards to…
...and... sont similaires/différents au regard de...
An informal way of stating specific similarities or comparisons between two things
In contrast to…, …shows…
En opposition avec..., ...montre...
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
…by contrast with… is/are…
..., par contraste avec..., est/sont...
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
…is similar to… in respect of…
...est similaire à... en ce qui concerne...
Used when wanting to emphasize and explain a similarity between two things
…and… differ in terms of...
...et... diffèrent en termes de...
Used when wanting to emphasize and explain a difference between two things
The first…, by contrast, the second…
Le premier..., a contrario, le second...
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
One of the main similarities/differences between… and… is that…
Une des principales similarités/différences entre... et... est que...
Used when stating specific similarities or comparisons between two things
One difference between… and… is that…, whereas…
Une différence entre...et... est que..., tandis 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…
Je dirais que...
Used to give a personal opinion, of which you are not fully confident
It seems to me that…
Il me semble que...
Used to give a personal opinion, of which you are not fully confident
In my opinion…
À mon sens...
Used to give a personal opinion
From my point of view…
Selon mon point de vue...
Used to give a personal opinion
I am of the opinion that…
Je suis d'opinion que...
Used to give a personal opinion
I believe that there are several reasons. Firstly,… Secondly…
Je crois qu'il y a plusieurs raisons. Premièrement,... Deuxièmement...
Used when wanting to list many reasons for something
It is my belief that… because…
Je suis persuadé intimement que... parce 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…
Analysons/tournons-nous vers/examinons...
Used when changing subject and to start a new paragraph
It is now clear that… . Let us turn our attention to…
Il est désormais clair que... . Tournons notre attention sur...
Used when changing subject and to start a new paragraph
Moreover, one argument against this cannot be ignored: …
De plus, on ne peut pas ignorer ce contre-argument : ...
Used when adding important information to an already developed argument
Admittedly…, but…
De l'avis général..., mais...
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
It is true that…, yet the fact remains that…
Il est vrai que..., il n'en demeure pourtant pas moins que...
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
Granted, …, nevertheless…
Il va de soi que..., cependant...
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
On the contrary, …
Au contraire, ...
Used when correcting a mistaken belief, after said belief has been stated
On the one hand…
D'un coté...
Used to introduce one side of an argument
On the other hand…
D'un autre côté...
Used to show another side of an argument. Always used after "on the one hand…"
In spite of…
En dépit de...
Used when making an argument, which goes against certain data or beliefs
Despite the fact that…
En dépit du fait que...
Used when making an argument, which goes against certain data or beliefs
Scientifically/Historically speaking…
Scientifiquement/Historiquement parlant...
Used when referring to science or past events in history
Incidentally…
À propos de...
Used when an additional point is thought of that can support your analysis
Furthermore…
En outre...
Used when developing a point to a high analytical level