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Useful Expressions for Debating


Debating

Useful expressions for debatingThis article presents some useful expressions for debating. Sometimes, you will need to engage in a formal discussion or in public speaking and you will have to debate and come up with convincing arguments.

Useful Expressions for Debating

Presenting arguments

The following are useful expressions for debating:

Welcoming the audience

  • Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to this debate.

Stating the issue

  • The motion for debate today is ...
  • People / Dr. Johnson... believe(s) / feel(s) / insist(s) / think(s)...that...
  • Let's first define some important concepts...

Phrases to present the most important point

  • This argument/idea is of paramount importance.
  • The most important argument for ... is ...
  • The main idea/thing is ...
  • The most important idea is...
  • Most importantly, I want to mention that...
  • The primary argument for... is...
  • Two/three... important arguments support my point of view...

Conceding an argument

  • It's true/obvious/evident that ... However, ...
  • While you might say that ..., it's important to remember that ...
  • I agree with you that ... On the other hand, ...
  • Although/even though it is true that... I believe that...
  • I agree/admit/concede that... , but we must remember that...
  • I can understand that... Nevertheless, ...

Sequencing a list of arguments

  • First of all, I'd like to state ...
  • Firstly, ... Secondly, ...Thirdly, ...
  • The second argument in favor of ...
  • To begin with, ...
  • I'd start by...
  • For a start, ...
  • The next argument I'd like to state is...

Adding an argument to strengthen your point

  • In addition to that,...
  • You also have to consider...
  • Furthermore,...
  • Moreover,...
  • What is more,...
  • I might also add that...
  • Perhaps / maybe I should also mention...
  • Not to mention the fact that...
  • Not only that but also...

Concluding

  • Let me recap/recapitulate my point ...
  • As a final word, let me summarize my point of view ...
  • To reiterate my point of view, ...
  • My final thought is ...
  • It all boils down to ...
  • In a nutshell, what I am trying to say is ...
  • To sum up, ...
  • Finally, ...