Writing a comment A comment is a statement in which you critically express your opinion on a certain topic. You either comment on - a question Planning stage - a problem - a fact 1) If it is up to you, think about what position you will take. or take a position on a stalement in a text. 2) Brainstorming: Find ideas / arguments/ examples which either support or oppose (if needed) your opinion. 3) Write an outline and order your arguments. If only one side is to be considered → start with the weakest argument 2) BODY If both sides are to be considered → start with the strongest argument of the opposition and finish with your (personal) Writing stage - Structure of a comment 1) INTRODUCTION you introduce the reader to the topic and arouse the reader's interest (with a fact, a current event, a statistic,...) and clearly state your thesis. strongest argument "Thesis statement" at the end of the introduction. You go into the problem in detail and clearly state your opinion. 3) CONCLUSION → only one side needed: weakest to strongest argument → both sides needed: strongest of opposition to weakest of the opposition, then your weakest to strongest arguments → You can try to refute the arguments of the opposition with good examples. → The first sentence...
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of each paragraph (topic sentence) presents a statement i claim/ idea (=thesis) You come back to your thesis and draw a conclusion. →NO NEW ARGUMENTS! → Sum up the most important arguments and state your own opinion Useful phrases for writing a comment FOR THE INTRODUCTION ● ● Recently there was ... Nowadays there is... Many people think / agree/claim that... • Is it that right/true? FOR THE BODY • on the one hand on the other (hand)... • For one... for another... • It might be argued that... I One might say... • To begin with / First of all ... • First I Second / Third ... • This can be exemplified by / with... • It is true that ... FOR THE CONCLUSION • Considering this ... • That is why / Therefore... • As a result... • In summary / To sum it up. CONNECTIVES AND ADVERBS • In the following I shall be concerned with I deal with the problem I subject/topic less, whereas, while • I would like to discuss / comment on the question whether... I intend to present arguments in favour of ... and against • In the following I will discuss/ comment on ... • Furthermore / Moreover / In addition | On top of that ... • In contrast to that ... • Nevertheless... Although / Despite ... • Because of I Due to ... • An example for this... • Finally I Last but not least ... • All in all, it can be said that ... • In conclusion, I would like to say that... • I would like to conclude by saying that... • connectives: although, as well, because, even it, however, in order to, in spite of, not ... either, provided that, since, therefore, un - • adverbs of degree: absolutely, almost, at least, completely, rarely, rather, really, extremely, hardly, particularly, especially