Ways to open a debate
To set the framework for our opinion, we believe it is necessary to state...
We would like to introduce our stand by giving the following definitions. …
In order to effectively debate this topic, we would like to propose….
A number of key issues arise which merit (deserve) closer examination.
We will elaborate one of the most striking features of this problem, namely...
In the first place we would like to make clear that….
The main argument focuses on….
2.Giving Reasons and offering explanations:
To start with…,
The reason why...,
For this reason...,
That's the reason why...,
Many people think....,
Allowing for the fact that...,
When you consider that...,
3.Stating an opinion
I think..., In my opinion..., I believe…
I'd like to point out that
Speaking for myself
In my experience…
I'd like to say this：
I suppose..., I'd rather..., I'd prefer...,
The way I see it...,
As far as I'm concerned...,
If it were up to me...,
I suspect that...,
I'm pretty sure that...,
It is fairly certain that...,
I'm convinced that...,
I honestly feel that…,
I strongly believe that...,
Without a doubt...,
While others may argue that…, Considering the current …,
It’s safe to say that…,
In fact…, It’s a fact that…,
A recent study has shown that…,
It has been suggested that…,
4.Asking for an opinion from the other party
I would be glad to hear your opinion of …
Are you of the same opinion as me?
I was wondering where you stood on the question of …
What do you think (about)
Do you agree? (don't you agree?)
What's your view on the matter?
how do you see it?
let‘s have your opinion.
5.How to convince in a debate
The other team has tried to make some good points, however, they forgot to think about some very important issues, namely….
We hear what the opposition are saying but we do not agree. We will prove to you…
That’s one way to think about it, however,….
Their opinion may seem plausible at first glance, however, we would like to remind you of recent developments in this area. According to ….
At first sight, their argument seems to be true. But….
They unfortunately failed to reveal the truth of the matter,….
It is easy enough to make broad generalisation about...like the other team just did, but in reality it is a very complex issue.
It is only a matter of time until it will become evident that the other team’s stand must fall due to the following reasons….
One must take into account that….
6.Coming up with a new point
Another point is that …
Another way of looking at it is …
I forgot to say / tell you that…
7.Clarifying a point
what I said was…
what I mean to say was…
let me repeat what I said.
let me rephrase what I said.
8.Concluding your own point of views
That’s all I want to say.
Do you agree? I’m sure you agree.