Useful phrases for debating
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  • 1. Science for the contemporary world I.E.S. Izpisúa Belmonte- HELLÍN Some Useful Phrases for Debating Introduction     Thank you for being here with us today. Ladies and gentlemen, it is my great pleasure/ honor to welcome you… We would like to persuade you that… What we want to achieve in the future is… Claiming arguments and asserting points                        We define… as… Let me start with the argument/point about… The first thing we have to consider/ understand… One of the arguments in favour of/ against the resolution… is that… The affirmatives/ negatives are mistaken in saying that… As our 1st/2nd /3rd speaker explained in his/her speech,… On the very point about… I would like to add… The negatives/affirmatives are contradicting themselves by firstly claiming that… and secondly agreeing with us during the X-Q that… The argument consists of three main issues: … Even if we agreed with the affirmatives/negatives. that… , there is still a problem of… The affirmatives/negatives may be right that … but their claims about… are based on false evidence. I (dis)agree with X when he says that… There is no doubt that… I am convinced that… It is quite clear to me that… Anybody can see that… You can‘t deny that… There is little doubt that… In my opinion… I‘d like to support the points brought by X. I am in complete (dis)agreement with X. The example about… is irrelevant because… Asking questions           Could you specify what you mean by... ? Could you please define… for me? If it is not a personal question… Could you repeat/explain/ give reasoning for … Could you please quote your source? Begging your pardon, did you really mean that… Isn‘t this in contradiction to... ? Could you stick to the point/subject, please? Are you overlooking the fact that… ? If you could say a word about…
  • 2. Science for the contemporary world I.E.S. Izpisúa Belmonte- HELLÍN Answering      You seem to be forgetting… That‘s absurd/ridiculous That‘s beside the point. It depends on what you mean/understand by… That‘s really interesting but I don‘t think it‘s really to the point. Summing up     In conclusion, … The resolution/motion must fall/stand. To summarize what I‘ve just said… There were three important clashes in the debate: ...