Useful Expressions for Debate and Discussion in English

This article presents some useful expressions for debate and discussion in English. 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

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, …

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