German | Phrases - Academic | Main Body

Main Body - Agreeing

Broadly speaking, I agree with… because…
Grundsätzlich stimme ich dem zu, weil...
Used when in general agreement with someone else's point of view
One is very much inclined to agree with… because…
Ich bin sehr geneigt, dem zuzustimmen, weil...
Used when in general agreement with someone else's point of view
I can see his/her point.
Seine/Ihre Sichtweise ist nachvollziehbar.
Used when you believe someone else's point of view is valid, but you do not fully agree
I entirely agree that…
Ich stimme völlig zu, dass...
Used when in complete agreement with someone else's point of view
I endorse wholeheartedly the opinion that…
Ich unterstütze gänzlich die Meinung, dass...
Used when in complete agreement with someone else's point of view

Main Body - Disagreeing

Broadly speaking, I disagree with… because…
Grundsätzlich stimme ich dem nicht zu, weil...
Used when in general disagreement with someone else's point of view
One is very much inclined to disagree with… because…
Ich bin sehr geneigt, dem zu widersprechen, weil...
Used when in general disagreement with someone else's point of view
I can see his point, but disagree with it entirely.
Die Sichtweise ist nachvollziehbar, trotzdem bin ich komplett anderer Meinung.
Used when you understand someone else's point of view, but you do not agree with it at all
I strongly disagree that…
Ich widerspreche der Aussage, dass... nachhaltig.
Used when in complete disagreement with someone else's point of view
I am firmly opposed to the idea that…
Ich lehne die Idee entschieden ab, dass...
Used when in complete opposition to someone else's point of view

Main Body - Comparisons

…and…are similar/different as regards to…
... und ... ähneln/unterscheiden sich hinsichtlich...
An informal way of stating specific similarities or comparisons between two things
In contrast to…, …shows…
Im Unterschied zu ... weist ... auf...
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
…by contrast with… is/are…
Im Gegensatz zu ... ist/sind...
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
…is similar to… in respect of…
... ähnelt ... hinsichtlich...
Used when wanting to emphasize and explain a similarity between two things
…and… differ in terms of...
... und ... unterscheiden sich im Hinblick auf...
Used when wanting to emphasize and explain a difference between two things
The first…, by contrast, the second…
Der erste..., während im Gegensatz dazu der zweite...
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
One of the main similarities/differences between… and… is that…
Eine der wesentlichen Ähnlichkeiten/Verschiedenheiten zwischen ... und ... ist...
Used when stating specific similarities or comparisons between two things
One difference between… and… is that…, whereas…
Ein großer Unterschied zwischen ... und ... ist, dass ... , während...
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…
Ich würde sagen, dass...
Used to give a personal opinion, of which you are not fully confident
It seems to me that…
Es scheint mir, dass...
Used to give a personal opinion, of which you are not fully confident
In my opinion…
Meiner Meinung nach...
Used to give a personal opinion
From my point of view…
Von meinem Standpunkt aus...
Used to give a personal opinion
I am of the opinion that…
Ich bin der Ansicht, dass...
Used to give a personal opinion
I believe that there are several reasons. Firstly,… Secondly…
Meiner Meinung nach gibt es eine Reihe von Gründen. Erstens... . Zweitens...
Used when wanting to list many reasons for something
It is my belief that… because…
Es ist meine Überzeugung, dass... , weil...
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…
Lassen Sie uns nun ... analysieren/zuwenden/untersuchen...
Used when changing subject and to start a new paragraph
It is now clear that… . Let us turn our attention to…
Es steht nun fest, dass... . Nun richten wir unser Augenmerk auf...
Used when changing subject and to start a new paragraph
Moreover, one argument against this cannot be ignored: …
Überdies darf ein Argument dagegen nicht übergangen werden: ...
Used when adding important information to an already developed argument
Admittedly…, but…
Zugegebenermaßen... , aber...
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
It is true that…, yet the fact remains that…
Zwar trifft ... zu, dennoch bleibt die Tatsache bestehen, dass...
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
Granted, …, nevertheless…
Zugegeben, ... , nichtsdestotrotz...
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
On the contrary, …
Im Gegenteil...
Used when correcting a mistaken belief, after said belief has been stated
On the one hand…
Einerseits...
Used to introduce one side of an argument
On the other hand…
Andererseits...
Used to show another side of an argument. Always used after "on the one hand…"
In spite of…
Trotz...
Used when making an argument, which goes against certain data or beliefs
Despite the fact that…
Ungeachtet der Tatsache, dass...
Used when making an argument, which goes against certain data or beliefs
Scientifically/Historically speaking…
Wissenschaftlich/Historisch gesehen...
Used when referring to science or past events in history
Incidentally…
Im Übrigen...
Used when an additional point is thought of that can support your analysis
Furthermore…
Darüber hinaus...
Used when developing a point to a high analytical level