Useful Vocabulary For An Opinion Essay: Top 40 Words And Phrases


Good word choice is a key ingredient of great essay writing. One should constantly work to expand and improve vocabulary so that ideas are more clearly expressed. Here are the top 40 words and phrases you should know to write great opinion essays:

  • “All things considered” – This is another way of simply saying “taking everything into account.”

  • “Persuasive” – This is a great term to use when you are providing a summary for the argument you found the most convincing in your writing.

  • “Above all” – Use this when you want to signify what is most important and what you wish to be the main takeaway from the writing.

  • “Importantly” – Use this word to introduce a loaded point with meaning that might not be easily known to the reader.

  • “Significantly” – This is used in the same way as “importantly” is described above.

  • “For instance” – This phrase is used when you want to include an example to clarify a point you have just made.

  • “Nevertheless” – This is used in the exact same way you would use the word “nonetheless.”

  • “Provided that” – This is used when you want to say something along the lines of “on the condition that.”

  • “Despite this” – This is most effectively used when you want to outline a point that stands even if there isn’t enough supporting evidence.

  • “That said” – Use this phrase when you need to cast some doubt on a point you’ve just made.

  • “In comparison/By contrast” – Either one of these phrases can be used when you are contrasting two or more pieces of evidence.

  • “On the other hand” – Use this appropriately to introduce a contrasting or opposing interpretation of the same piece of information or evidence.

  • “To say nothing of/Not to mention” – Use either one of these to add more information with some emphasis.

  • “Coupled with” – Use this phrase when you need to consider to or more arguments at the same time to express your idea.

  • “As well as” – This phrase can be used instead of words like “also” or “and” for variety.

  • “Similarly” – Use this word in the same way as “likewise” when you want to discuss something that is in agreement with what you have just mentioned.

  • “What’s more” – This phrase is used as an alternative to “furthermore” or “moreover.”

  • “Moreover” – This word can be used at the beginning of a sentence to add more supporting information to the point you are trying to make.

  • “That is to say” – This can be used when you need to be more precise or add further detail to an explanation.

  • “In other words” – Use this phrase if you need to simply something by explaining it in another way.

  • “Compelling” – This is usually used in the same way as “persuasive” as explained above.

  • “In conclusion” – This is usually used to introduce the concluding paragraph of an opinion or any other type of essay.

  • “Notably” – This is another way of saying “significantly” as explained above.

  • “To give illustration” – Use this when you are about to give an example to clarify a statement made prior.

  • “Notwithstanding” – This word can be used in a similar fashion as the phrase “despite this.”

  • “Nonetheless” – Use this the same way as “notwithstanding.”

  • “In light of/In view of” –You can use either one of these phrases when something written has shed some light on another idea.

  • “With this in mind” – Use this phrase whenever you want the reader to consider an argument within the knowledge of something else.

  • “Yet” – This word should be used whenever you need to introduce a contrasting idea to one that was made prior.

  • “Then again” – This is used in exactly the same way you would use “that said.”

  • “Having said that” – This phrase is used in the same way as one would write “but” or “on the other hand.”

  • “However” – This word is used to bring up a point that is in complete disagreement with what you’ve just mentioned.

  • “Firstly, secondly, thirdly” – These words can be used to appropriately structure an argument logically and sequentially.

  • “Not only… but also” – these words can be used to bring up an additional bit of information that is usually more surprising than the first.

  • “Another key thing to remember” – This can be used in a similar way as the word “also” to bring up additional facts.

  • “Likewise” – this word can be used when you are presenting something that is in agreement with what you have just mentioned.

  • “Furthermore” – this word can generally be used at the start of a sentence to introduce or add extra information.

  • “To that end” – this phrase can used to introduce an explanation behind an argument, similar to “in order to.”

  • “To put it another way” – this is similar to the phrase “in other words” and is used to explain complex ideas.

  • “In order to” – this phrase can be used to introduce an explanation behind the reason for an argument.

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