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Useful Phrases – Debate Speech DSE

Useful Phrases – Debate Speech DSE

10 Tips Series – Debate Speech

Useful Phrases

Beginning

  • I am here to argue for / against the motion…
  • I would like to put the argument for the affirmative side of the motion…
  • We are here to argue the motion…and I intend to argue against it.

 

Introducing your position

  • The reason I believe that [smoking should be banned] is simple. 
  • Let me begin by saying…
  • Allow me to outline my argument…
  • If you will indulge me, I’d like to tell you about…

 

Refuting the opposite view

  • Our opponents would have use believe x, but they are mistaken.
  • It might seem logical to accept the opposing argument, but in fact it is deeply flawed
  • My opponents might argue that … , but such reasoning is faulty. 

 

Giving reasons

  • The reason I think this is…
  • The evidence clearly suggests that…
  • One of the reasons I’m convinced of this is…
  • There can be no clearer evidence of this than…
  • There is ample evidence to suggest why this is the case. 

 

Conclusion

  • I hope that I have demonstrated…
  • I’d like to leave you with the thought that…
  • I trust that you will agree with me that…

 

 

 

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