English | Phrases - Academic | Main Body

Main Body - Agreeing

En términos generales, coincido con X porque...
Broadly speaking, I agree with… because…
Used when in general agreement with someone else's point of view
Uno tiende a concordar con X ya que...
One is very much inclined to agree with… because…
Used when in general agreement with someone else's point of view
Comprendo su planteamiento...
I can see his/her point.
Used when you believe someone else's point of view is valid, but you do not fully agree
Coincido totalmente en que...
I entirely agree that…
Used when in complete agreement with someone else's point of view
Respaldo completamente la idea de que...
I endorse wholeheartedly the opinion that…
Used when in complete agreement with someone else's point of view

Main Body - Disagreeing

En términos generales, no concuerdo con X ya que...
Broadly speaking, I disagree with… because…
Used when in general disagreement with someone else's point of view
Tiendo a diferir en gran medida de X debido a que...
One is very much inclined to disagree with… because…
Used when in general disagreement with someone else's point of view
Entiendo su planteamiento, pero difiero completamente.
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
Difiero completamente en relación a...
I strongly disagree that…
Used when in complete disagreement with someone else's point of view
Me opongo firmemente a la idea de que...
I am firmly opposed to the idea that…
Used when in complete opposition to someone else's point of view

Main Body - Comparisons

... y... son similares/diferentes en cuanto a...
…and…are similar/different as regards to…
An informal way of stating specific similarities or comparisons between two things
En contraste con..., ... muestra...
In contrast to…, …shows…
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
... en contraste con... es/son...
…by contrast with… is/are…
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
... es similar a... en lo referente a...
…is similar to… in respect of…
Used when wanting to emphasize and explain a similarity between two things
... y... difieren en relación a...
…and… differ in terms of...
Used when wanting to emphasize and explain a difference between two things
El primero/La primera..., en contraste, el segundo/la segunda...
The first…, by contrast, the second…
Used when wanting to emphasize the difference between two things
Una de las principales similitudes/diferencias entre... y... es que...
One of the main similarities/differences between… and… is that…
Used when stating specific similarities or comparisons between two things
Una de las diferencias entre... y... es que... mientras que...
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

Podría decir que...
I would say that…
Used to give a personal opinion, of which you are not fully confident
A mi parecer...
It seems to me that…
Used to give a personal opinion, of which you are not fully confident
En mi opinión...
In my opinion…
Used to give a personal opinion
Desde mi punto de vista...
From my point of view…
Used to give a personal opinion
Soy de la opinión de que...
I am of the opinion that…
Used to give a personal opinion
Considero que existen varias razones, en primer lugar,... en segundo lugar,...
I believe that there are several reasons. Firstly,… Secondly…
Used when wanting to list many reasons for something
A mi parecer... debido a que...
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

Ahora analicemos/enfoquémonos en/revisemos...
Let us now analyze/turn to/examine…
Used when changing subject and to start a new paragraph
No queda claro si... . Enfoquemos nuestra atención en...
It is now clear that… . Let us turn our attention to…
Used when changing subject and to start a new paragraph
Adicionalmente, no se puede ignorar la idea de que...
Moreover, one argument against this cannot be ignored: …
Used when adding important information to an already developed argument
Es cierto que..., pero...
Admittedly…, but…
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
Es cierto que..., pero los hechos demuestran que...
It is true that…, yet the fact remains that…
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
Se acepta la idea de que..., sin embargo...,
Granted, …, nevertheless…
Used when conceding a counter-argument, but wanting to suggest further analysis of your own
Por el contrario,...
On the contrary, …
Used when correcting a mistaken belief, after said belief has been stated
Por una parte...
On the one hand…
Used to introduce one side of an argument
Por otra parte...
On the other hand…
Used to show another side of an argument. Always used after "on the one hand…"
A pesar de...
In spite of…
Used when making an argument, which goes against certain data or beliefs
A pesar de que...
Despite the fact that…
Used when making an argument, which goes against certain data or beliefs
Desde el punto de vista científico / histórico...
Scientifically/Historically speaking…
Used when referring to science or past events in history
Cabe acotar...
Incidentally…
Used when an additional point is thought of that can support your analysis
Además,...
Furthermore…
Used when developing a point to a high analytical level