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I was just wondering, is it's OK to begin an opinion composition with the word 'Indeed' in the first sentence? For example:

Indeed I believe people's consumerism is one of the main causes for our planet's demise.

(In case the opinion composition is about whether or not consumerism is a big problem.)

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In your example, the word "indeed" emphasises the truth (by implication, possibly against expectations) of the fact that you believe something. It's got no particular implications for the truth or falsity of whatever you happen to believe. For example - "Everyone knows he's barking mad. Indeed, he genuinely believes the moon is made of green cheese". – FumbleFingers May 16 '13 at 20:18
But the point is well made that Indeed has to follow something. You can't simply launch out with indeed. – Andrew Leach May 16 '13 at 20:39
Indeed you can't. Andrew. – Edwin Ashworth May 16 '13 at 21:57
@EdwinAshworth Thanks for proving my point. Your comment wouldn't work if it didn't follow mine. – Andrew Leach May 17 '13 at 10:08
The clue was in the Andrew. – Edwin Ashworth May 17 '13 at 16:53

Indeed emphasizes the truth of a claim already made.

This is most obvious for the word used as an interjection:

“I'm a great runner.”


As a sentence adverb, it's usually used to elaborate on the truth of a claim just made:

Consumerism is a major problem for the world today. Indeed, I believe people's consumerism is one of the main causes for our planet's demise.

The entry at Vocabulary.com expresses this well:

When you use the word indeed, you are underscoring that something is true. The word is also used when you want to introduce a point that's even truer than the last one you made. “Yes, I passed the test, and indeed, got the highest score in the class.” In other words, it's a polite way to say: “Take that!”

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