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USEFUL STRUCTURES

INTRODUCING THE ISSUE


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To begin with, let us say that + S + V +

It is often said that + S + V +

It is a well-known fact. that + S + V +

First of all let us try to understand that + S + V +

I shall begin by saying that + S + V +

We are dealing here with + Noun

For most people / the great majority of people + S + V+ .

A problem that is often dealt with nowadays is that of + Noun / -ing form

It is a commonplace that + S + V +

We live in a world in which + S + V +

PRESENTING THE ARGUMENTS (FOR AND/OR AGAINST) or DEVELOPING THE ISSUE

As a matter of fact + S + V +

The first thing that needs to be said is that + S + V +

First of all, let us consider + Noun

When we speak of + Noun, we have in mind + Noun

It would be reasonable to assume that + S + V +

We must distinguish between the two / three interpretations of this statement.

Firstly, I want to emphasize that + S + V +

Let us examine the question from the point of view of + Noun

It is also necessary to bear in mind that + S + V +

It is also important to point out that + S + V +

PRESENTING A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW

It must be added, however, that + S + V +

It will be objected that + S + V +

On the contrary / On the other hand, + S + V +

Another way of looking at this question is to consider + Noun

We must not forget + that . / Noun

Let us not forget that + S + V +

It may be said, on the other hand, that + S + V +

I could equally well state/affirm/say that + S + V +

EXPRESSING ANOTHER PERSONS POINT OF VIEW

According to + Noun,

It is commonly assumed thet + S + V +

People usually say that + S + V +

COMING TO A CONCLUSION

From this it can be deduced that + S + V +

We can conclude that + S + V +

The truth/fact of the matter is surely that + S + V +

How can we reconcile these two apparently contradictory viewpoints?

There is a lot to be said on both sides of the question. On balance, nevertheless, we can say that + S + V +

What conclusions can be drawn from all this? S + V +

Let us observe, finally, that + S + V +

To sum up, + S + V +

The key to this whole problem must surely be

COMBINING IDEAS WITHIN A PARAGRAPH

This brings us to the question of whether + S + V +

On the one hand, + S + V + () On the other hand, + S + V +

In addition to that, + S + V +

As far as + Noun(s) + is (are) concerned, + S + V +

Regarding + Noun,

It would be more accurate to say that + S + V +

It must be added that + S + V +

EXPRESSING YOUR OWN OPINIONS

As far as I know, + S + V +

If I remember rightly, / If I am not mistaken, + S + V +

As I have already said, + S + V +

As I have pointed out above / previously, + S + V +

I believe / I think that + S + V +

In my opinion, + S + V +

I am in favour of / against + Noun

SUPPORTING AN ARGUMENT

It is obvious to everyone that + S + V +

What is quite certain is that + S + V +

It ought to be stressed that + S + V +

It is true that + S + V +

This is why it has been said that + S + V +

GIVING EXAMPLES

Take, for instante, the case of + Noun