How to write a comment...
In a comment you voice your opinion on a certain situation, event, person, behaviour, attitude, or a statement made by somebody else.
- 1. Define the problem/subject.
- 2. Gather and select arguments
- 3. Group them according to their relevance and importance, their logical connection to the subject.
B. Writing the comment:
Say what the problem/subject is.
As we have seen in.../As we know from . ..
The author of . . . holds the view that . . .
It all depends what is meant by .. .
I first want to make clear . . .
I hold the opinion . . .
By and large I agree with .... but . ..
The first point to mention . . .
I've always been doubtful whether it is right . . .
I object to . . .
Introduce your opinion in a general evaluation of the problem.
In my opinion/view.. . To my mind... I think...
The first point I would like to mention ...
It seems to me, however,...
I would say... As far as I can see...
With reference to what has been said...
I would like to refer to further facts ...
So far I have been dealing with.../saying . . .
In contrast to ... In this connection . . .
I would like to compare this with . . .
With respect to . . ./With regard to . . .
Present your arguments in detail. Give reasons for your view. Two possible kinds of structure:
- one argument follows the other, the strongest argument is put forward at the end;
- an argument for a view is immediately followed by the argument against it.
When we have a closer look at . . .
In contrast to ... With regard to...
It is often believed/accepted/taken for granted...
On the one hand/on the other hand...
In addition... While . .. Whereas . ..
One reason is that... Another argument is that...
Draw a conclusion.
Therefore I would say/think/don't think/
cannot agree with/ would support the view that . . .
As a result... / It is for this reason that . ..
In short,.../When all's said and done . . .
As a result . . ./ In consequence of. . .
I have come to the conclusion . . .
In conclusion . . ./Consequently . . .
I am uncertain how to decide . . .
I conclude . . ./In a word .. .
Never forget to read your comment again! If your text does not make sense to you or you find sentences difficult to read correct them. Of course, you should write a first draft of your comment, work through it and copy your revised version to be handed in.